Winter mountaineering course around Fort William and Glen Coe

5-day winter mountaineering course with Ken, a MIC certified guide, to improve your winter climbing skills while admiring Fort Williams and Glen Coe area.




Trip Duration

5 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified



    Are you a fit hillwalker looking to step it up a notch? Then this Winter Mountaineering course is the perfect opportunity to learn more technical aspects of the sport!

    During this 5-day course I will teach you a diverse range of skills to increase your confidence when in winter adventures:

    • How to move efficiently over steep and exposed terrain.
    • Advancing through low grade gullies and ridges.
    • Revisit central winter skills like the use of the ice axe, crampons or rope gully.
    • Introduce climbing techniques such us ropework, avalanche awareness and winter navigation.

    I’ll be teaching these techniques while touring around the admirable scenery that surrounds the Fort William and Glen Coe Area.

    Therefore, some of the routes we’ll have as an objective will be Ledge Route and No.2 Gully in Ben Nevis; and Aonach Eagach, Curved Ridge, Buachaille Etive Mor and School House (ENE) Ridge of Sgorr Bhan in Glen Coe, among other options.

    So this 5-day winter mountaineering course will offer you a wide range of activities. Learn more about snow and ice climbing, walking with little visibility and winter survival techniques. Also I’ll explain daily climate, avalanche and ascent condition judgement.

    And if 5 days is too much for you, I also offer a 4-day New year course. This could be the perfect adventure to start a fulfilling Year!

    Therefore, whatever your preferred option is, keep in mind that these winter mountaineering courses will help you improve your skills. So you’ll move around the endless scenery of the Scottish highlands much better!

    So please contact me to bring your mountain level up and become a Scottish Winter Highlander! And if you are looking for something else around Scotland I offer other possibilities like the Cuillin Hiking or the Cuillin ridge traverse.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    1100 GBP

    Group of 2
    660 GBP

    Group of 3
    480 GBP


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
     Prices include: guiding and instruction and the use of a harness and helmet. You will also need to take accommodation, food, uplift, personal equipment (including hiring of crampons, ice axes and boots) and insurance costs into consideration.


    • Day 1Kit check and basic skills

      Kit checks – Essential skills – Step kicking/cutting – Ice axe arrest – Walking & scrambling in crampons – Snow belays – Guided ascent of a graded gully or ridge.

    • Day 2Moving together

      Essential skills – Using previous skills to ascend a simple graded ridge or gully (Grade I/II). Introduction to ‘moving together’ roped and basic winter belays.

    • Day 31st technical ascent

      Essential skills – Ascent of simple ridge or gully followed by Navigation, Map & Compass, Pacing & Timing.

    • Day 4Client leading ascent

      Ridge climbing day led by clients under supervision of instructor (Grade II).

    • Day 5Client choice

      Client choice depending on conditions and fitness level.


    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    More info

    The 4-day New Year course is £425.

    Level: Regular summer walkers with a good level of hill fitness. Previous winter walking, easy summer scrambling, and some rock climbing is a plus, but not mandatory.


    -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.

    -Walking trousers

    -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.

    -Bivvy Bag

    -Gaiters or Stop-tous

    -Head Torch

    -First Aid kit


    -Whistle/Watch Flask

    -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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    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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