This Winter Mountaineering Course is ideal for those who have previously completed a Winter Skills Course or Introductory Winter Mountaineering Course and want to take the next step to progress to climb graded Scottish routes.
This Winter Mountaineering Course incorporates a revision of general winter mountaineering skills before progressing onto climbing graded I and II Scottish routes. You will learn winter skills, the essential rope and belay for climbing pitched winter routes and ascend some classic grade I and II gullies and ridges. It is ideal preparation to join an overseas expedition graded 2 or 3 such as: Bolivian Peaks, Tien Shan Peaks, Kyajo Ri, Peak Lenin, Himlung Himal, Baruntse
For the Winter Mountaineering Course, you should have used crampons and ice axe before, hold a good level of fitness and summer mountain walking experience with the ability to enjoy good long summer mountain walks (7-8hrs) with a minimum of 3500ft / 1200m of ascent over a mixture of terrain including broken rocky ground in ascent and decent. A basic understanding of belaying would be useful but is not essential eg from a climbing wall.
Winter mountaineering level 2 - Outline Itinerary
The exact programme will operate according to weather conditions and the progress of the group, but typically on a 6 -day course (5 mountain days) we would aim to cover:
Day 1: The course begins at 8pm on the first evening with a course briefing and the essentials for clothing and equipment. After the course briefing, we will check your personal kit and issue you with any hire kit required.
Day 2: The first mountain day will revise your skills to move safely and efficiently on snow covered terrain with crampons and ice axe including ice axe arrest. We will then introduce the rope to explore appropriate ropework, snow anchors and belay techniques that are required when moving onto steeper terrain.
Day 3: A general winter mountaineering day (grade 1) over one or more Munros (Scottish mountains over 3000ft) to practice skills.
Day 4: Today we will venture onto steeper and more exposed graded I/II ground to enjoy steeper climbs. We will explore the use of fixed lines and basic crevasse rescue techniques.
Day 5-6 (for those doing the longer course): Climbing on steeper pitched routes grade II climb bringing together the weeks skills.
You can extend your stay with Private Guiding. This course also allows future progression onto an Introductory Snow & Ice Climbing Course (Level 3) to climb more grade II and III snow & ice routes on
may include ascents such as:
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
|Single room supplement during course 3 nights - £50 per night||£150|
|Single room Supplement during course 5 nights - £50 per night||£250|
|1 Extra night B&B - £80 per night on a single basis||£80|
|1 Extra night B&B - per night per person (on a twin basis)||£52|
|1 Extra night DB&B - per night per person (on a twin basis)||£77|
* 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