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Introductory winter mountaineering course in Scotland

Join this introductory mountaineering course in Scotland and develop your winter and summit skills with Ken, an MIC certified instructor.

Duration5 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripNot specified


If you enjoy hillwalking in summer, but now you’d like to explore high mountains in winter, join me in this introductory mountaineering course in Scotland! Come and discover the spectacular scenery of Glencoe and Fort William in the Highlands.

I offer you here a 5-day course, but if you prefer a 2-day course it’s also possible. In winter, conditions and weather change rapidly, so this mountaineering course in Scotland will help you develop your winter and summit skills to face additional challenges. Besides, this is the perfect opportunity for you to learn about the special requirements of equipment, winter clothing, crampons and ice axe skills.

We’ll place a strong emphasis on navigation and safe route choice. Thus, each day we’ll plan and assess the snow and weather conditions in order to choose appropriate routes. I also want you to understand the importance of avalanche awareness.

You should have a reasonable level of fitness to join this mountaineering course in Scotland, as we’ll climb a number of winter “Munros”. We’ll spend most days (6/8 hours) on mountains between 600 and 1200m high. Around Fort William and Glencoe, there are many Munros and Corbetts. This is a small selection of what is possible:

  • Aonach Mor and Aonach Beag
  • Stob Ban & Mullach nan Coirean in The Mamores
  • Ben Nevis
  • Stob Coire Raineach and Stob Dubh (Buachaille Etive Beag) in Glencoe
  • Creag Meagaidh
  • Stob Coire nan Lochan and Bidean nam Bian in Glencoe

The Munros of Aonach Beag and Aonach Mor can be accessed by lift, therefore you’ll have more time for training winter skills. You’ll have to cover by yourself the the small costs of this.

During this course you’ll put the essential skills in use in order to ascend 900 meters by a straightforward route. Besides, on the 5 day-course you’ll have the chance to use the skills just learnt. You will plan and lead your own mountain days with my company.

Note that if you choose to do the 2-day course we will combine the itinerary of days 1,2 and 3 in these two days for you to learn all the skills.

Please contact me if you want to join me for this mountaineering course  in Scotland! I’ll be happy to answer your questions. And if you’re looking for an even more demanding expedition in Scotland, join me for the Cuilin ridge climbing traverse.


More info

Price for 2-day course: £210 Level: summer walkers with a reasonable level of hill fitness. Equipment: -Socks –a medium to thick pair of synthetic or wool/synthetic blend socks. -Thermal/Base Layers -Fleeces. At least one for your upper body. Having an extra fleece top in a waterproof liner at the bottom of your rucksack is essential. -Walking trousers -Warm Hat and Waterproof Gloves -Waterproof jacket and over trousers ( Outer shell clothing) -Rucsac. A medium volume sac (30 -45 litres) is best, with ice axe carrying loops. -Bivvy Bag. A large person sized poly or foil survival bag is the minimum requirement. -Gaiters or Stop-tous -Head Torch -First Aid kit -Compass/Map. The map should be weather-proofed in a clear plastic map case or covered with clear sticky back plastic. -Whistle/Watch -Flask –0.5-1 litre for hot drinks on the hill. -Lunch & Spare Food -Ski Goggles -Boots. They should be crampon compatible, with a stiffness rating of B1 minimum, and ideally B2. B3 boots are fine, if you find them comfortable. -Crampons. They should have 10 or 12 points and be compatible with your boots. We suggest anti-balling plates and cutting your straps not too short. -Ice Axe of 50–65cm. You can choose to have either a wrist loop or leash. We recommend going without, as they can get in the way. -Helmet



Day 1: Essential skills

We’ll do equipment checks and learn essential skills: step kicking/cutting, ice axe arrest, walking on crampons and snow cave shelters.

Day 2: Ascent

We’ll ascend a 900m mountain by a straightforward route. Group survival shelters.

Day 3: Essential Skills

We’ll learn other essential skills: navigation, map and compass, pacing and timing and “white-out” techniques.

Day 4 to 5: Skills in action

We’ll use the learnt skills to plan and lead your own mountain days, accompanied by me.

About the guide

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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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Prices per person, per day

Group of 1

GBP 1135 each

Group of 2

GBP 681 each

Group of 3

GBP 495 each

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