Scottish Highlands, 2 Day Winter Summit Course

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

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

2 days

People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    Winter climbing in the Scottish Highlands of the United Kingdom is an amazing activity. There are a number of excellent routes and peaks, known as munros, you can choose from. However, because the weather conditions in those 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 axe arrest and how to properly walk in crampons.

    On the second day of the course, we will put 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 as educational as it it will be fun.

    There is also a 5 day version of this course as well.

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    440 GBP

    Group of 2
    240 GBP

    Group of 3
    175 GBP

    Group of 4
    150 GBP

     

    Price includes

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

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Intermediate

    Fitness level required

    Fit

    Accommodation

    There are many comfortable accommodation options near the climbing area that I would be happy to recommend to you.

    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.

     

    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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    What People are Saying about Ken Applegate

     

    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!
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    Andy Paterson
    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!
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    Nick Battams
    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.
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    Phil Lloyd
    Ken was a fantastic guide, safe, experienced and took us on an incredible adventure!
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    Catherine Hockley
     

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