Snow and Ice Climbing Scotland – Introduction Course

Rated 4.63 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
(8 customer reviews)

Grade: Intermediate level | 3 or 5 mountain days | Guide ratio 1:2

Introduction to Snow and Ice Climbing is aimed at those who already have basic winter mountaineering skills and want to climb snow and ice at grades l to lll. Some previous rock or indoor climbing experience is advised.

Our Scottish Snow and Ice Climbing Course is aimed at those who already have basic winter mountaineering skills and want to climb snow and ice grades I-III. For the introductory snow and ice climbing course you need good basic winter skills and the ability to use crampons and ice axe safely and effectively. Some previous rock or indoor climbing experience is also advised.

This Snow and Ice Climbing Course will cover:

  • Snow belays, rock and ice anchors
  • Multi-pitch climbing to Grade III
  • Route choice and avalanche avoidance
  • Movement and technique
  • Throughout the course we will aim to ascend some of Scotland’s classic routes graded I-III

Courses run from Friday evening to Monday afternoon (around 4:30pm), giving you three quality mountain days. Alternatively, from Friday evening to Wednesday afternoon (around 4:30pm) giving you five mountain days.

Trip dossier

Introduction to Snow and Ice Climbing

  • Instruction
  • Full board accommodation with three course evening meals & Packed lunches, starting with breakfast on the first morning through to packed lunch on the day of departure. Bar meals can be purchased until 8.30pm (Onich Hotel), or 9.00m (Loch Leven Hotel) on the day of your arrival
  • Technical equipment (exc personal kit such as crampons, ice axe, harness, helmet etc)
  • 15% off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchases from Adventure Peaks shop
  • Travel to Scotland
  • Evening meal on arrival and drinks
  • Personal equipment (such as crampons, ice axes, harness,helmets etc.)
  • Uplift by cable car on Aonach Mor or the White Corries
  • Entry to the ice wall at the Ice Factor in the event of severe weather

Accommodation is booked from the night of your arrival with instruction starting the following morning. Check out is normally the morning of your final day unless you have booked an additional night. This is booked on a twin or double room basis: however single rooms will be provided where there is not a member of the same sex to share with. Single rooms and additional nights can be requested at an extra cost.

8 reviews for Snow and Ice Climbing Scotland – Introduction Course

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    Anonymous

    Great course with Tom who was an excellent instructor. He made a bad weekend of whether really good with plenty of practical experience. The route choices were great considering whether and food in a hotel good especially the evening meal.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Austin

    The instructor was a top bloke and the small group worked well and the instructors choice of where to go to considering the weather conditions. Also I liked the lecture on avalanche risk assessment.

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    Ken

    My guide was very experienced, quickly understood my abilities and expectations. Flexibility to do what i wanted to do and change with the weather.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    The guide to client ratio was perfect! (one to one). Everything could be tailored to get the most from the two days. Level of difficulty was perfect, gentle-ish intro on day 1 and then more challenging on day 2.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Scott Pilling

    Last year I went on a Scottish Winter Mountaineering course (which is advised first before this course) and really enjoyed it .
    This course that was taken by Clive Hebblethwaite who was excellent and I learned so much more than I knew previously. If I could put it into context I’d say 10 X more.
    He tailors your course to suit your skill or knowledge and allowed me to learn from beginner rope work as I had no experience to indoor lead climbing, use of all slings and belaying other climbers on a grade 3 climb. I also learned a packet of information on the snow and how to look for anchor points.
    We went up the Dorsal Arete (grade 2-3) which blew me away a little as in the first day was way more than I expected but it helped me learn faster.
    I was with another nice guy called Pete who guides and teaches people rock climbing but had no previous alpine/ winter mountaineering experience. I on the other hand had no rope or steep route experience or rope work.
    As you can imagine my learning curve was very steep!
    I took it all in thanks to Clive’s excellent teaching and to give you a few examples of the routes… we did North Butress grade 3-4 on Stob Dearg (Etive Mor) A bit of Curved Ridge grade 2-3 and Sron Na Lairig North East ridge 1-2 grade.

    I personally think he’s the best guide i’ve ever had.

    Lastly thanks for a excellent course and this is really the one if you’re like me and wish to do harder steeper mountains in the future.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Pete

    Excellent instructor (Clive Hebblethwaite), good transport, small group size, good accommodation. Clive was knowledgeable, extremely competent, friendly, safe, fun, tailored the course to suit the clients well. Five varied days covering all aspects of winter climbing in Scottish weather!

  7. Rated 4 out of 5

    Anon

    I thought we were looked after very well, both instructors were patient and professional in dealing with the challenge of meeting the different requirements of both people on the course…both the instructors were great, helpful, positive and good company throughout the course and I was extremely grateful for the knowledge of Everest that I was able to gain from talking to Rob. I really enjoyed the whole course, the slides and the avalanche talk in the evening made everything seem more real and I think inspired other members of the group and then the ongoing discussion of the options and then the explanation behind the decisions that planned each day, coupled with the challenge that each day and the respective route presented.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    JJ

    Learned more in three days than seven years in the Alps

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1 Extra night B&B - £35 per night (if booked through us) The request for extra nights must be made to Adventure Peaks at the time of booking to obtain the above rates and will be subject to availability as we have courses running throughout the winter.
1 Extra night DB&B - £54 per night (if booked through us) The request for extra nights must be made to Adventure Peaks at the time of booking to obtain the above rates and will be subject to availability as we have courses running throughout the winter.
2 Extra nights B&B - £35 per night (if booked through us) The request for extra nights must be made to Adventure Peaks at the time of booking to obtain the above rates and will be subject to availability as we have courses running throughout the winter.
2 Extra nights DB&B - £54 per night (if booked through us) The request for extra nights must be made to Adventure Peaks at the time of booking to obtain the above rates and will be subject to availability as we have courses running throughout the winter.
Single room supplement £20 per night - 3 nights Single room supplement £20 per night
Single room supplement £20 per night - 5 nights Single supplement £20 per night

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