Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instruction and Guiding. Learning to lead in Winter

Winter Climbing and Mountaineering in Scotland has to be one of the most exhilarating, rewarding and challenging experiences you will ever encounter.

 

Dates and Cost
 Dates December to April
Cost per day £165 for 1 person. Plus £20 per additional group member.

 

Important Information
Maximum Number There will only ever be 2 participants to one instructor to ensure you get the most out of the course.
Duration Minimum 1 day to a recommended maximum of 4 to 5 days.
Where are the courses based? There are many ideal locations for winter Mountaineering and Climbing on the West coast Scotland. Fort William is the usual base but Torridon, the Cairngorms and even the Isle of Skye are options
Pre requisites A good level of fitness and some previous winter hill walking or climbing experience

 

More Detail

If you have aspirations to learn to climb in winter or be guided on a classic route such as Ledge Route(II) the Aonach Eagach Ridge (II), Tower Ridge Ben Nevis (III) or even Point Five Gully (V) then we can help you make the right choices and teach you to climb safely.

Learning to winter climb in Scotland is a very exciting and committing sport. It is a partnership between everyone tied onto the rope for which our ultimate enjoyment and safety relies upon.

Firstly we have to decide where is best to go, this will involve a certain amount of pre discussion and evaluation of the:

  • Route choice
  • Weather forecast
  • Snow Conditions
  • Avalanche conditions
  • Experience of the team

It is then time to start out on our day and carefully analyse our thoughts as we approach the route of choice. Once we are there we now can look at:

  • Gearing up
  • Anchors and belays
  • Stance organisation
  • Belaying
  • Rope Management
  • Placing and Removing protection
  • Personal organisation
  • Climbing technique

Taking the time to discuss and understand the principles inevitably saves time during the climb and makes sure everyone stays warm, happy and safe.

On reaching the top of the climb it is still not over until we are back at the car and there is

More things to learn about:

  • Winter Navigation
  • Safe descent routes
  • Avalanche avoidance

Having reached the car it is then time to celebrate, refuel and rest our bodies for the next day.

Scottish winter climbing is very demanding and you should expect to have early starts and long days out on the hill. Learning the skills to climb safely in winter is more of a practical apprenticeship rather than a skills course so if you would like reach your full potential then call me for advice. I am sure you will not be disappointed!

 

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