Introductory 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 II to III. Some previous rock or indoor climbing experience and the ability to belay safely is essential.
Our Introductory Snow and Ice Climbing Course is aimed at those who already have basic winter mountaineering skills and want to climb snow and ice grades II-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 and you must have the ability to belay safely.
This Introductory Snow and Ice Climbing Course will cover:
Courses run from Wednesday evening to Sunday afternoon (around 4:30pm), giving you four quality mountain days.
This course is Level 3 of our four main winter skills courses; Introductory Winter Mountaineering (Level 1) Winter Mountaineering (level 2) Snow and Ice Climbing Course (Level 4) progresses onto steeper, more technical terrain and requires previous winter climbing experience.
Please do not make non-refundable travel arrangements until you have verified that your course is confirmed to run.
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.
* A deposit of £150 will be required at checkout.
Extras can be added per-person when you book onto a date
|1 Extra night B&B - per night (if booked through us)||£42|
|1 Extra night DB&B - per night (if booked through us)||£72|
|2 Extra nights B&B - per night (if booked through us)||£84|
|2 Extra nights DB&B - per night (if booked through us)||£144|
|Single room supplement £24 per night - 4 nights||£96|
* A deposit of £200 (or the full extra price, whichever is lower) will be required at checkout for each extra added per-person on this trip
Dave was very patient and flexible in where we went and was able to structure the course to help me achieve my expectations.
Well organised. Good professional guides. Friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The instructor was knowledgeable and a good teacher, friendly and patient...good variation of terrain, teaching, exercise and technical learning. Overall a great experience.
Good fun and value for money...excellent professional guide, I felt 1000% safe under his instructions, learned tons of techniques and tricks from him, he had enormous patience and brought a lot of motivation and people skills...Despite the bad weather conditions on most of the days both instructors Rob and Phil were amazing in improvising, getting us out but being safe at the same time. The course covered an enormous range of techniques from avalanche assessment, dry tooling, ice climbing at a wall and outside - not only how to get up a ridge but also how to downclimb safely, rope work/techniques, climbing efficiency, gear tips and how to keep comfy in the hardest conditions. Tons of respect for the (high profile) guides! Absolutely worth it when you want to learn - and with those guides you learn from the best.
Very satisfied with the instructor
Thank you for a great course. The instruction was second to none and both Matt and I took plenty away from it. Please pass on our thanks to Neil and Brian, who worked tirelessly to ensure that everything we did was pitched at the right level. I will be more than happy to recommend AP.
Learned more in three days than seven years in the Alps
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.
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!
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.
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.
My guide was very experienced, quickly understood my abilities and expectations. Flexibility to do what i wanted to do and change with the weather.
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.
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.
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