Winter Climbing Instruction

Start learning the skills to enable you to climb winter routes independently. Or if you are already leading easy routes by yourself develop your skills and confidence to tackle more challenging routes.

There is far more to winter climbing than how to use your axe and crampons and build good belays. This course will cover these areas plus a host of other important skills and techniques required.

  • Good climbing technique
  • Rope work and stance management
  • Winter belays
  • Placing good runners – pegs, ice-screws
  • Snow and ice belays – snow bollards, axe belays, abalakov ice threads
  • Reading the conditions and selecting an appropriate route
  • Retreating from winter routes
  • Avalanche avoidance
  • Navigation
  • Weather reports


For winter climbing instruction you should be fit and healthy and used to long days in the hills. Ideally you should already have been winter walking and know how to use ice axe and crampons for general winter mountaineering. If you do not have this experience the first day of your course will be spent learning these fundamental skills. It is also very beneficial if you have some basic climbing skills such as putting on and tying in to a harness and belaying 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 totally unaware of the level of fitness required 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 can 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 and conditions.


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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