DISCOVER WINTER CLIMBING
2 DAYS or 5 DAYS | RATIO 1:2 | FROM £380-£895
The mountains of Scotland are a playground for hill walkers, mountaineers and climbers alike at any time of the year but in Winter they transform into a winter paradise where we can enjoy walking and climbing in the snow and ice. This course focuses on giving you the skills to plan your perfect winter adventure seeking out the steeper snow gullies and easier winter climbing routes and will get you hooked for life. We run our winter courses from Aviemore as it gives us access to some fantastic winter climbing which we can get to fairly quickly maximising your time on the snow and giving you more time to develop your skills.
IS IT FOR ME?
This course will focus on giving you the confidence and technical skills to allow you to go and plan your winter adventures seeking out winter climbs in the UK with a new set of skills to help keep you safe and enjoy your day. If you are a keen winter walker who wants to learn how to winter climb safely then this is the course for you.
To get the most out of this course you should already be a confident winter walker Some previous scrambling or climbing experience would be useful but is not essential.
We will meet on the first morning and come up with a plan for the days ahead that will fit in with everyone’s aims, aspirations and the conditions on the mountain and then head out climbing. We will typically cover:
Planning our day taking into account the group and mountain conditions
Winter weather, avalanche forecasts and avalanche avoidance.
Guidebooks, grades and route selection Navigating to and from the route.
Use of ice axes and crampons
Climbing techniques and movement skills
Belay building and placing gear in winter.
Winter stance and rope management.
Abseiling and retreating in winter.
Equipment selection and what to carry.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
A climbing harness, climbing helmet crampons and ice axe would be useful. If you have one please bring them along if not we are very happy to loan them out free of charge. In addition you will need equipment to allow you to enjoy a day in the winter mountains. We will provide all the ropes and technical equipment for the course.
WE WILL SEND OUT A COMPREHENSIVE KIT LIST UPON BOOKING.