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Scottish Highlands, 2 Day Winter Summit Course

Scottish Highlands climbing
Scottish Highlands

Ken, a MIC certified mountain guide, wants to help you learn the skills necessary for winter climbing in the Scottish Highlands on this 2-day course. Enjoy climbing peaks like Ben Nevis or Aonach Mor.

2 Days

Jan - Mar, Dec




Winter climbing in the Scottish Highlands is an amazing activity. There are a number of excellent routes and Munros you can choose from. However, because the weather conditions in the Highlands during the winter can be extreme, it is important to know how to climb properly and safely. And on this 2-day course, I will do my best to teach you as much as possible.

You will be climbing and learning for approximately 6-8 hours every day. The course will take place on different peaks in the Scottish Highlands, from Ben Nevis (1,345m) to Aonach Mor (1,221m), in the same kind of winter conditions you will learn how to climb in.

On the first day of the course, we will focus on kit checks, so you can get a feel of all the supplies needed for successful climbing. After that, we will go over some essential skills including step kicking and cutting, ice ax arrest, and how to properly walk in crampons.

On the second day of the course, we will continue to put everything you learned on the first day into practice, with an additional focus on navigation. You will learn how to properly use a map and compass, as well as pacing and timing, and various white-out techniques.

While you obviously cannot learn everything about winter climbing in just 2 days, I am confident, you will gain a great deal of knowledge that will aid you in future winter climbs in different mountain ranges. Furthermore, you will get to enjoy some great climbing in the wonderful peaks of the Scottish Highlands.

So send me a request, and let me guide you for 2 days of climbing that will be both educational and fun!

Please enquire about a 5-day version of this course as well.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Along with the guiding fee, the price also includes the use of climbing equipment, but does not include accommodation, food, lifts, and personal supplies.


More info

Participants should have the following items with them: socks, fleeces, thermal layers, synthetic belay jacket, walking trousers, warm hat and waterproof gloves, waterproof jacket and over trousers, rucsac, bivvy bag, gaiters or stop-tous, head torch, first aid kit, compass, flask, lunch or spare food, ski goggles, trekking poles (these are optional), and suitable boots.

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About the guide

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West Coast Mountain Guides



Mountain Leader

We are based in the shadow of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain and arguably the most iconic and sought-after winter climbing venue in Britain.

All our instructors and guides have extensive, relevant experience which is eagerly passed on to everyone taking part in instructional mountaineering courses, private guiding and worldwide expeditions. This background, together with a genuine passion for adventure, can only inspire and motivate our customers to achieve their own goals.



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What people are saying about West Coast Mountain Guides


Ken immediately made us feel welcomed and we had a good chat on the walk in before gearing up for the ridge ascent. Both my son and I had a fantastic experience thanks to Ken's calm, expertise in leading us over Tower Ridge and then descending via Ledge Ridge to round off a great day. Highly recommended!


Ken was a fantastic guide, safe, experienced and took us on an incredible adventure!


have just come back from completing an ascent of ledge route and a descent via no4 gully, guided by Ken. absolutely fantastic day and Ken was friendly, professional and very confidence inspiring. cant recommend highly enough and I'll definitely be back next season!


Ken took me and my son up the north face ledge route to the top of Ben Nevis. It was a challenge in places - particularly with the snow and ice - but it was an unforgettable experience! Ken was a great guide.


I usually do these things with my Husband, but we currently live in Singapore and I’m back visiting family and didn’t want to miss out. I was doubly anxious because our usual guide was unavailable, but Ken quickly put me at ease. For me that’s about feeling like I have all the information I need, being reassured that I’m making good time and having a few scheduled breaks for snacks etc. We also had a good chat, which made the walk in fly by. A very enjoyable day, I felt safe and comfortable throughout. I hope to be back in the future for more adventures.

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