Winter Mountaineering Course Scotland
Our Winter Mountaineering Course is an introductory course covering the essential skills for winter conditions. This course differs from our Winter Walking Skills course in that there is an emphasis on progression towards steeper ground and the use of ropes. The 4 day course will involve movement on ground up to Scottish winter grade I, while the 6 day course will progress into steeper terrain, aiming to climb some classic grade II/III routes by the end of the week. The course is aimed at those who wish to climb in future.
This course is ideal for the keen summer hill walker, scrambler or climber who wants to progress and learn the essential skills of winter mountaineering.
A good level of fitness, the enjoyment of exposed ridges and roped climbing experience is useful but not essential. This course is Level 1 of our three winter mountaineering skills courses. The Intro to Snow and Ice Climbing (Level 2) and Improvers Snow and Ice Climbing (Level 3) progress onto steeper, more technical terrain and require previous experience.
The course will cover:
- Use of ice axe and crampons
- Simple ropework and belaying
- Snow & ice climbing skills and classic grade l/ll gullies and ridges
- Use of fixed lines
- Winter mountain navigation and route planning
- Winter weather and avalanche avoidance
Courses run Friday evening to Monday afternoon (4.30pm) giving three quality mountain days, or Friday evening to Wednesday afternoon (4.30pm), giving five mountain days.
Please do not make non-refundable travel arrangements until you have verified that your course is confirmed to run.