People per Guide
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
Type of Trip
Come and join me in this introductory winter climbing course in Scotland! I’ll guide you and give you instructions on using two climbing axes, moving on steep ground, placing ropework and building belays. And there’s so much more to learn and practise during this 5-day course!
We will revise the core skills that you need to face the challenges of winter climbing. And, most important, in this winter climbing course in Scotland we’ll put them in action! We’ll focus on climbing snowed up rock, some of the typical gullies of Scotland, and ice and mixed climbs. Also, you’ll learn about arranging suitable protection, route finding, variable conditions and exposure.
The course will be delivered in a progressive way according to your needs and aspirations so I’ll tailor the routes climbed to your requirements. We usually climb around Ben Nevis, Aonach Mor and Glencoe. Also, if conditions and experience are appropriate, you may even have the chance to lead your first winter pitch.
This introductory winter climbing course in Scotland is an intermediate level course, but also suitable for winter climbers looking to improve their lead climbing skills.
During these 5 days, the following skills will be covered:
- Navigation in winter
- Planning a climbing day out
- Gear and equipment
- Use of crampons and two technical ice axes
- Building winter belays
- Movement on steep ground
- Safe route choice and avalanche awareness
So if you want to be ready for all the challenges of winter climbing, join this course! Get in touch with me and let’s start planning! If you already have rock climbing, simple rope work and abseiling experience, you could check my Cuillin ridge climbing traverse.
Price per person
- Guiding fee
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
Essential skills revision
We’ll do kit checks and essential skills revision: snow and ice axe belays. Also ‘Moving together’ roped on grade I/II ground.
Simple gully or ridge. Basic winter belays. Introduction to rock/ice peg belays.
Steeper ice climb (II/III), introducing two more advanced climbing tools techniques.
Leading a route
Today you’ll lead a route, under my supervision. We’ll look at abseil techniques for safe retreat.
Leading or seconding
You’ll choose, either further leading on a grade II or seconding a grade III+ climb.
Individuals or couples are welcome. No minimum numbers.
Prices include guiding and instruction and the use of a harness and helmet.
-Socks. A medium to thick pair of synthetic or wool/synthetic blend socks.
-Thermal/Base Layers. A couple of thermal layers are useful, along with thermal leggings.
-Fleeces. At least one fleece layer for your upper body. Having an extra fleece top or synthetic layer in a waterproof liner at the bottom of your rucksack is essential.
-Warm Hat & Waterproof Gloves
-Waterproof jacket and over trousers ( Outer shell clothing) -The trousers should have at least a knee length zip enabling them to be fitted over boots/crampons.
-Rucsac. A medium volume sac (35-50 litres) is best for winter climbing, with ice axe carrying loops.
-Gaiters or Stop-tous
-First Aid kit
-Lunch & Spare Food
-Boots. For climbing courses, stiff, crampon compatible boots are required. They should have a stiffness rating of B2 minimum and ideally B3.
-Crampons. They should have 12 or 14 points and be compatible with your boots.
-Ice Axe -For winter climbing, two technical climbing axes (40-50cm) are required.
-Helmet. Please bring one along if you can. We have DMM helmets available.
-Harness. Make sure it can be put on over boots and crampons.
-Belay device, two HMS Carabiners and one 120cm sling. We can provide you with these if you don’t have your own.
About the Guide
I gained a good insight into the instruction and guiding of mountaineering activities whilst working as a member of the domestic team at Glenmore Lodge in the summer of 2003. Since then, I have skied, climbed, trekked and mountaineered across the length and breadth of the UK, from Cornwall to the Orkney Isles, and overseas, having sought adventures in China, Mongolia, The Indian Himalayas, New Zealand, Japan, Southern Africa, The Swiss, Italian and French Alps, The Pyrenees, Southern Spain and Norway. I enjoy climbing in all it’s forms, whether it be bouldering at Fontainebleau, sport climbing at Rodellar, trad and winter climbing in the UK or alpine climbing in Switzerland. I have also put up a couple of new routes, Mint Sauce E1 5c in Glen Nevis and Feathered Friend V,5 on Creag Meagaidh.
I have completed my Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC), the highest instructional qualification in the UK, which enable me to work both in summer and winter conditions, whether it’s walking, mountaineering or climbing, and is a full member of both the Association or Mountaineering Instructors, and The Mountain Instructor’s Community. I have also completed my International Mountain Leader Summer Training and have worked as a contracted instructor for Abacus Mountain Guides, Martin Moran, Glenmore Lodge, Mountain Motion, West Coast Mountain Guides, Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre, Adventure Peaks, The Outward Bound Trust, Ryan Glass Mountaineering, Hike Pyrenees, World Challenge Expeditions and Outlook Expeditions.
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