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Scottish Highlands, 2 Day Winter Summit Course

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.

Duration2 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


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.



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

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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

Group of 1

GBP 485 each

Group of 2

GBP 265 each

Group of 3

GBP 190 each

Group of 4

GBP 155 each

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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.

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