Guided Winter Climbing

Enjoy the opportunity to climb some of Scotland’s finest winter routes. From our base near Fort William Ben Nevis is right on the doorstep. Only a short drive away are Glencoe and Creag Meagaidh and just a little further are the Bridge of Orchy hills. If weather or conditions dictate it is also easily possible to head east to enjoy the huge amount of climbing available in the Cairngorms.

There is a huge variety of winter climbing to be found in Scotland. The following are just a few possible suggestions. Please feel free to contact us with your own personal wish list.

Classic snow and ice gullies:

  • Point 5, Ben Nevis
  • Green Gully, Ben Nevis
  • Comb Gully, Ben Nevis
  • SC Gully, Stob Coire nan Lochan
  • Twisting Gully, Stob Coire nan Lochan
  • Deep Cut Chimney, Stob coire nam Beith
  • South Post Direct, Creag Meagaidh


Big mountaineering ridges:

  • Tower Ridge, Ben nevis
  • NE Buttress, Ben Nevis
  • Castle Ridge, Ben Nevis
  • Curved Ridge, Buachaille Etive Mor
  • Aonach Eagach Ridge, Glencoe


Buttress routes

  • North Buttress, Buachaille Etive Mor
  • Ordinary Route, Stob Coire nan Lochan
  • Technical mixed climbs
  • The Seam, Coire an t-Sneachda
  • The Message, Coire an t-Sneachda



Water-ice cascades:

  • The Curtain, Ben Nevis
  • Quartzvein Scoop, Beinn Udlaidh
  • Organ Pipe Wall, Beinn Udlaidh



Cold Climbs Try Ken Wilson's iconic book on the best winter climbs in the UK for further inspiration.

NW Highlands

Though we are usually based near Fort William we are always keen to explore the mountains of the far NW Highlands around Torridon and An Teallach. The extra driving is generally rewarded with big days out in grand wilderness where you may well not see another person all day. Alternatively it may well be possible to run the entire course based in the area. If you would rather your course was based in the NW Highlands rather than around Fort William just let us know when you make your enquiry.

For guided winter climbing you should already have experience of using ice axe and crampons in winter conditions. If you do not have this experience the first day of your course will be spent teaching you the skills necessary to move around the winter mountains safely and with confidence. You should also already have some basic rock climbing experience and know how to put on and tie into a harness and how to belay another climber.

Am I fit enough? Booking 5 days from 6.

Every year regular summer hill walkers and climbers come to Scotland to experience the mountains in winter and many are often unaware of the level of fitness necessary and the amount of hard physical effort required for a full day out. Rucsacs are heavier due to axes, crampons and extra clothing, and walking is more exhausting due to deep snow and strong winds. While most folk make it through a 2 or 3 day weekend course we have found that 5 days in a row on the hill can be too much for many people. One good way around this is to book 5 days from 6. That is you pay for 5 days guiding/instruction but have them over 6 days. In discussion with your instructor you are free to take the ‘rest’ day whenever you want. You may chose to ‘play your joker’ to give you a rest day after a particularly big day out the day before or you may chose to play it if the weather for one day is noticeably worse than any other in the week. This way you have a much better chance of having 5 good days out on the hill rather than trying to do them all back to back regardless of weather, conditions and tiredness.

Winter Clothing & Equipment Kit List

Download Winter Kit List

Private Bookings: Cost & booking information

Price per day.

1 person - £185

2 people - £200

Please send an email with your preferred dates and itinerary and we will get straight back to you regarding availability.

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  • Hi Ian ! Thanks for making a great weekend for us we had a superb time in your company, really enjoyed ourselves. thanks for making up the CD for us, that's great. Looking forward to those action shots !! Would definitely be good to catch up with you again Ian .. we'll get on the case building anchors in the lounge and hopefully be up to scratch for the next time ! Karan just called me and we discussing stiff arms and shoulders but said she's dying to get up there again :-) !! ~ Rob and Karan. Intro Rock Course
  • Ian, many thanks for an outstanding weekend - you judged our ability perfectly and tailored the programme accordingly. We will be talking out that final pitch for a few years to come..... ~ Chas. Guided Scrambling