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Scottish Winter

The high mountains of Scotland offer a unique challenge to climbers and mountaineers. Scotland is well known for its unstable weather patterns, variable temperatures and high altitude. As a result you will not be far from an unexpected challenge. Whether you choose to learn to navigate confidently to the summit of your first Munro or pick your way carefully up a gleaming ice gully one thing is for sure, our highly-qualified and enthusiastic instructors will help you develop the skill, technique and confidence you need to get more out of this rugged mountain environment. A winter skills course in Scotland is not to be missed. Some of the most breathtaking and memorable days on the hill can be in the winter. Come with us and learn how to experience the mountains safely.

View from Buachaillie looking out to the Ben.

Introduction to Winter Mountaineering

​Climbing in Scotland offers rewards and challenges comparable with the best mountaineering anywhere in the world. You’ll discover how to use crampons and an ice axe; as well as learning about route planning and avalanche avoidance. As an introduction to Scottish conditions, all of these skills will be covered whilst gaining valuable mileage, experience and instruction on some of Scotland’s classic mountains.

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Introduction to Winter Climbing

​Do you want to take your climbing the next step further? If you have experience climbing and want to learn safely how to transfer your skills to the winter or maybe you just want to get off the beaten track and be taken up or along classic winter climbs or ridges.

Coaching in climbing techniques for use on a variety of winter climbing terrain, including steep snow/ice/mixed, winter anchors, escaping from winter climbs, self reliance on winter climbs. Technical skills will include basic ropework and belaying, and use of technical ice tools on a variety of mediums (rock, ice, snow, turf and all combinations). Coaching to develop personal climbing technique on ice and mixed ground.

Ben nevis

Intermediate Winter Mountaineering

A step further….. During your 2 days you could tackle low grade gullies and ridges, learn basic winter rope work and more.​

Winter climbing on the Cairmgorms

Intermediate Winter Climbing

​The next step… feel you want to progress to the next level. Have the fundamental skills and keen to learn more, then this is the course for you!

Advanced  Winter Climbing

Advanced Winter Climbing

​Whether you are looking to consolidate your skills or push your grade, this course is designed to give you the skills to do it.

Guided Ice

​If you are just keen to tick off some of the great Scottish winter classics like Point 5 Gully on Ben Nevis or try your hands at some hard mixed routes in the Northern Corries then this is the course for you. Gaining maximum climbing milage and experience on a variety of types of winter routes. Tailor made courses to suit you. Along with an experienced guide you can see the best Scotland has to offer.

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