Winter Mountaineering

In winter the line between hill walking and climbing is much less clear, with a simple route to a Munro summit often crossing some steeper snow slopes or exposed rocky ridges which require a greater range of skills and experience.


Our winter mountaineering courses are designed to bridge this gap, giving you the confidence to progress onto more adventurous terrain and climb up to grade one gullies.

Introduction to winter mountaineering - 2 to 5 Days


Skills covered would include:


  • Safe and efficient footwork on steeper snow slopes in ascent and descent
  • Use of an ice axe to safeguard you on a slope and stop a slip or slide.
  • When to use a rope.
  • Building snow belays in ascent and for abseiling.
  • Setting and using simple rock belays.


As with all our winter courses we will also cover some navigation coaching and avalanche awareness.

Guided winter mountaineering - 2 to 5 Days

For those with some winter walking experience who are looking to tackle some classic winter mountaineering routes in Scotland with the security of a guide.


Ben Nevis: Ledge Route, Number 3 or 4 Gully

Glen Coe: Aonach Eagach Ridge, the Zig-Zags on Gear Aonach

Cairngorms: Fiacaille Ridge, Gullies tour - Alladins Couloir, Castlegates Gully and Diamond Gully

Kintail: Forcan Ridge, North Ridge of Aonach Air Chrith

Winter Mountaineering Information Pack
Information Pack for Winter Mountaineering courses
Info pack - winter mountaineering.pdf
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