Winter Climbing

Winter climbing in Scotland is unlike anything else in the world, with such a diverse range of climbing styles, from snow gullies to steep ice and mixed climbing. And although are mountains are relatively accessible and low altitude compared with the Alps and greater ranges, the conditions can be as changable and harsh as anything to be found there, demanding a wide range of skills and techniques.

Introduction to winter climbing - 2 to 5 Days

For those wanting to learn the basics of Scottish Winter climbing, including;


  • Moving confidently on steeper ground, including snow gullies, icy steps and mixed rocky terrain.
  • Finding and assessing protection.
  • Belay construction and multi-pitch stance managment.
  • Use of snow belays and abseiling.
  • Retreating safely from routes.
  • Interpreting guidebooks and route finding.

Over your course we would aim to cover a mix of styles of climbing and grades appropriate to your development, choosing the best route for the conditions. As with all our winter courses we will also cover the essential winter skills of navigation and avalanche awareness.

Guided winter classics - 2 to 5 Days

Scotland is packed with classic routes, all with their own history and status. Let our experienced guides help you succeed on your chosen objective, or enjoy a week of classics.


Popular objectives include:

Ben Nevis: Tower Ridge, Green Gully Gd IV, Point Five Gully, Orion Direct, Vanishing Gully Gd V.

Glen Coe: Deep Cut Chimney, Number six Guly Gd IV.

North West: The Ressurection, Emerald Gully Gd IV, Poachers Gully, Silver Tear Gd V.

Cairngorms: Route Major, Fingers Ridge Gd IV, Savage slit Gd V

Winter Climbing Information Pack
Information pack for Winter Climbing courses
Info pack - winter climbing.pdf
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