Winter Mountaineering Courses
A winter mountaineering course can introduce you to the basic winter skills, take you on a winter mountaineering journey or guide you up classic winter climbing routes on snow, ice or mixed terrain. We will be dividing our winter mountaineering courses between the Lake District and Scotland so click on the links below to find out further information on specific courses or contact us by email or phone to organise a winter mountaineering adventure.
Personalised Winter Mountaineering Courses
You can book us for any number of days and we will design the course exactly to your needs. We can teach you the basic winter skills using crampons and ice axe for the first time or if you have a bit more experience we can teach you to lead climb in winter conditions. Or if you just want to go out and get as much scrambling or climbing done as possible we can guide you up some classic routes. Your personalised days can be based in the Lake District or Scotland in the Cairngorms or around Fort William.
(Prices are per instructor. Each instructor can guide 1 to 6 people depending on the activity.)
Winter Skills and Ice Climbing Courses 2013
We are offering three levels of winter mountaineering courses this year for beginners through to more experienced mountaineers.
To find out more about each course just click on the title:
Winter Skills Course
Our Winter Skills course is an introduction to the use of an ice axe and crampons on snow and ice, avalanche prediction and navigation in winter conditions. The goal of this course is to enable you to fully enjoy a winter journey in the mountains.
2 days: £170/person
Winter Mountaineering Course
Take your winter mountaineering skills further and explore the ridges and gullies with further coaching on ice axe and crampon skills, an introduction to basic rope work skills and more advanced navigation.
2 days: £175/person
Winter Snow and Ice Climbing
Strap on your crampons and swing your axes for an adrenaline fuelled winter snow and ice climbing course based in Scotland. Ascend classic gullies or mixed buttresses in full winter conditions to get more from your winter mountaineering.
More about Winter Mountaineering
If you want to find out more about the skills you need to keep you safe in winter then we can highly recommend "Winter Skills" by Andy Cunningham and Allen Fyffe - the official handbook of the Winter Mountain Leader and Mountaineering Instructor Certificate schemes. It is written with instructors in mind but is a colourful, modern guide to winter skills that is useful for anyone who ventures out into the mountains in winter conditions.
To help you choose the right equipment for winter mountaineering read our article on boots and crampon compatability here.
Day was excellent. Wouldn't change anything. (Peter, Guided Winter Climbing)
(Nick was) very patient, especially when answering all my questions surrounding the navigation side! I have tried to learn navigation from a book on several occasions but have given up each time so he really was starting with a novice. Nick tended to respond to our requests and was good at stopping and explaining skills as we went. This meant that the course was relaxed but informative. (Russell, Winter Skills Course)