Winter Expedition Skills

Winter Expedition Skills

From £525
Grade: Introductory
3 mountain days Guide Ratio: 1:6

Our Winter Expedition Skills course is based in the Glencoe area and involves 2 nights wild camping.

 These winter expedition training courses are a great way to prepare for Himalayan and high altitude expeditions. Alongside ascending a number of summits, the course will give you a full range of skills training: crampons and ice axe, packing light, camping in snow, using fixed lines, snow holes and much more. Our leaders have experience of multiple expeditions around the world. Tents and specialist equipment provided. On two of the days you should be prepared to carry 20kg for 2-3 hours per day.

The mountains around Glencoe and Ben Nevis provide some of the best and most reliable winter walking and climbing conditions in Britain suitable for beginner and expert alike. It is the perfect training ground for mountaineering in the Alps or Greater Ranges.

Previous Experience: For the Winter Expedition Skills course all you need is a good level of fitness and enjoyment of long days on the British hills in summer.

Dates & Prices

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DatesAvailabilityDays Price Select
12th Jan 2023 - 15th Jan 2023 Guaranteed4 £525 Book Now
19th Jan 2023 - 22nd Jan 2023 Spaces4 £525 Book Now
16th Feb 2023 - 19th Feb 2023 Guaranteed4 £525 Book Now
9th Mar 2023 - 12th Mar 2023 Guaranteed4 £525 Book Now

* 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) £70
2 Extra nights DB&B - per night (if booked through us) £120
Single room supplement £24 per night - 1 night £24

* 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

What's Included

  • Instruction by a qualified Winter Mountain Leader
  • Tents and specialised Camping Equipment
  • Transport during the course
  • 15% off the RRP of clothing and equipment purchases from Adventure Peaks shop

What's Excluded

  • Travel to Scotland
  • Evening meal on arrival and drinks (meals will be available to purchase near the Campsite on the first evening)
  • Meals for whilst camping. We will advise you of suitable food to take with you
  • Personal equipment including ice axe, crampons, sleeping bag, sleeping mat
  • Any cable car uplifts if used
  • Entry to the ice wall at the Ice Factor in the event of severe weather


It is essential for a trip of this type that you are adequately insured. When researching insurance options, please ensure the policy covers you for the following:

  • Cancellation or curtailment
  • Helicopter rescue (most insurance companies will no longer cover for ‘search and rescue’ but providing you stay with the group, they will assist with ‘rescue’)
  • Repatriation
  • The altitude that you are expected to attain
  • The location especially when travelling to Antarctica
  • Grade of trek/climb/expedition
  • Medical cover

Adventure Peaks partners with Global Rescue to offer the world’s leading travel protection services.  Medical and security emergencies happen. When they do, we rely on Global Rescue to provide our clients with medical, security, travel risk and crisis response services. Without a membership, an emergency evacuation could cost over $100,000. More than one million members trust Global Rescue to get them home safely when the unexpected happens. We highly recommend our clients enroll with Global Rescue:

We are aware the following provide insurance:

For UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services:  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins:  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK)  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
Rothwell & Towler:  Tel: 0345 908 0161 (under 6400m)
Campbell Irvine:  Tel: 0207 938 1737 (Not for treks/climbs with ropes – OK for Aconcagua)
J S Insurance:  Tel: 0844 848 1500
Snowcard:  Tel: 01295 660836
The B.M.C.:  Tel: 0161 445 6111 (call and speak to Jim. Please note the BMC cannot cover Mt Damavand)
Dogtag:  Tel: 0800 036 4824 (Check excess etc)

For non-UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services:  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins:  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK):  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
AXA Worldwide Travel Ins:  Tel: +44 (0)844 874 0360
Ingle International:  Tel: (USA) 1.800.360.3234
Insure for Less: (Australian clients)

You do not have to use any of the above, but if you make your own insurance arrangements documentary evidence of your own policy is required.

Please forward the details of your Insurance as soon as you have it: we need the insurance company’s name, their 24 hour emergency telephone number and your insurance policy number –



George · 3 years ago ·

John's [instructor] enthusiasm and knowledge made the whole experience very enjoyable. Very good at his job and full of knowledge which he was enthusiastic about sharing...friendly and approachable bloke who takes pride in his work. The whole course was just great. I enjoyed working with John so much I'm considering working towards my summer ML, I can't wait for the next adventure!

Emma · 3 years ago ·

Excellent instructor who was very knowledgeable and made the course interesting. Really enjoyed the course.

Bob · 4 years ago ·

The guides were great at arranging the activities considering there was no snow and ice in the region. They shared lots of their experience and gave great advice. Nothing was too much trouble. The Onich Hotel was great too. Course instructors were great chaps.

Peter · 4 years ago ·

The course instructors complemented each other well and both were excellent - knew their stuff and I felt I was pushed but always well supported. [The highlight was] waking up having camped surrounded by Scottish Munroes. Staff are always very attentive to your needs and ensure you get what you need from the experience.

Anon · 5 years ago ·

Had a fantastic time, learning some valuable skills...the whole course was run smoothly and professionally. Giles, our team leader was an excellent coach and we picked his brains for all his knowledge which he gladly passed on. Well run and well managed course, I'd definitely recommend you to anyone. The highlight was sleeping in a snow hole Saturday night and doing two peaks on the Sunday - thanks for a good weekend.

Rachael · 7 years ago ·

Your website is great - also I got a discount! Very kind and you give prompt replies. I was looking for a snow hole experience initially and looked at different companies. It look professional on the website and had good reviews and was a good price.

I thought it was good to start off at the red squirrel camp-site and the pub as we could get to know each other a little bit. I thought Clive is brilliant at placing the group considering we were at different fitness levels although it was pretty bad weather on the last day we all spelt that the instructor was making safe decisions. He was also very inclusive and the group got on really well.

Thank you so much for an amazing experience, I have had mountains in my mind since arriving back :-) we had a lovely bunch of people in our group and I think Clive was an excellent instructor.

Amanda · 7 years ago ·

A brilliant weekend with a brilliant leader. Clive was knowledgeable, informative and insightful and I love that he inspires confidence. I learned so much more than I expected. Thank you Clive!

Paul · 8 years ago ·

Hi Mike
Janet & I called in on the off chance to see you yesterday, on our way down from Scotland. It would have been nice to put a face to a name but also, I wanted to let you know how the Expedition Skills course went. In a nutshell - a lot better than the one you took! We were much more fortunate with the weather. I had an amazing time and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

We spent the first night in the Red Squirrels Campsite and then drove up to Fort William where there was more snow. Using chains, we were able to get almost to the parking area at the end of the forestry track from the Nevis Ski area. We then walked up to the CIC hut and found a suitable place to pitch the tent about 1 km further up the glen. The afternoon was spent on ice axe arrests, belaying methods in snow and making a small snow shelter.
Next day we ascended Ben Nevis via the Ledge Route, emerging through the cloud to a clear blue sky. We then walked around the head of Coire Leis and climbed Carn Mor Dearg via the arrete, finally descending directly down the valley wall to our tent. A magic day!

On the final day we covered moving on fixed lines, crevasse rescue and we constructed a larger snow shelter. We then packed away the tent and walked out to the forest track, arriving back at The Onich Hotel at about 2pm.
Rod was a superb instructor, very relaxed and so knowledgeable. Just walking along with him, he was always pointing out ways to improve techniques and commenting on the area or wildlife.

The tent was excellent for 2 and both Rod & I were very impressed with the MSR stove and pan which neither of us had used before, so efficient.
So overall, I had a thorough recap on some winter skills, learnt some new ones, coped with camping in the snow and had a magnificent mountain day!
Many thanks

Jason B · 11 years ago ·

Exactly what I had hoped for, a company to do various trips with over the coming years. Excellent service and prompt repayment as I had hired some kit. Also excellent food trout!.

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