Three mountaineers approaching the summit

Winter Mountaineering

We can run a winter walking, winter mountaineering or winter climbing course for you on a date of your choice: so if there is a skill you would like to learn or a route you have always wanted to climb then get in touch and we will design a course just for you.  We can guide you on a classic journey or teach you how to get out by yourselves.  We can design courses for all levels- just let us know what you have done before and what you would like to achieve. 

We recommend the Cairngorms as a venue for our winter mountaineering and climbing courses as the routes we use are all relatively accessible from the ski area car park. The gullies in Coire an'T Sneachda are a popular choice for an introduction to Scottish winter climbing and the Fiacaill Ridge is great for winter mountaineering and scrambling skills. The Cairngorm plateau over to Ben Macdui can be a serious place in winter so learning how to navigate safely in white out conditions and make route choices based on the avalanche risk are covered in our winter walking skills courses. We could also meet you in Glen Coe or Fort William for an ascent of Ben Nevis. All of our Scottish winter skills courses are run by fully qualified winter climbing and mountaineering instructors who are members of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors.

In the Lake District the ridges on Helvellyn of Striding and Swirral Edge and the gullies on Great End often come into winter condition and give a great winter mountaineering  or climbing day out. We can run these days whatever the weather and still cover lots of learning, particularly on map reading and avalanche awareness.


The price for all winter courses is a per instructor price not a per person price. 


The number of people each instructor can take will depend on the type of course you would like to do.
The ratios below are general rules to give you an idea but this may vary depending on your exact requirements.


Winter Walking (including learning how to use ice axe and crampons): 1 instructor to 6 clients

Winter Mountaineering (like scrambling but in winter conditions) : 1 instructor to 3 or 4 clients depending on the route. 

Winter Climbing: 1 instructor to 2 clients


So, for example, if six of you would like to do a winter walking course then it will cost you less than £31 each for a full day.