Winter Mountaincraft

Maximum Ratio 4 : 1

A structured introduction to Winter Mountaineering covering all aspects of winter mountaineering, including, Ice Axe and Crampon techniques, basic Ropework and Belaying, Navigation and snow and Avalanche risk assessment. The technical level of these courses includes moving over Scottish grade I and II ground The week will operate in the Ben Nevis, Glencoe area and the days will be of a strenuous nature. Previous climbing experience is not required. Just a good level of fitness, summer walking experience and an enthusiasm to learn. Whilst learning the skills that take you from summer into the winter environment we will take to the summits and onto the easier ridges and gullies. Navigation and snowcraft form a crucial part of the course to enable group members to lead themselves safely in the winter. A sample itinerary is shown later in the winter section. All activities in winter are very weather dependent, so the itinerary will change!

Winter Mountaincraft Itinerary

All activities in winter are weather dependent, so the itinerary will change!


Sunday : Arrival in Fort William, introductory talk and equipment check

Monday : All courses : Basic winter skills introduction or revision : Ice axe and crampon skills, snow and avalanche, belaying and ropework, where appropriate. Finish with a summit if possible.

Tuesday : N. Ridge of Stob Bhan

Wednesday : Gully day in GlenCoe, Stob Coire Nan Lochan

Thursday : East Ridge of Beinn A'Chaorainn. Moving together ropework.

Friday : Ledge Route on Ben Nevis

Saturday. Depart.


5 Day (Course Only) :  £ 500.00

Week-end (Course Only) :  £ 250.00


Self Catering: £20.00 per night    Bed and Breakfast: £35.00 per night

Availability 2018 (5 day courses)

January 28th   February: 11th , 25th  March : 11th , 25th

Week-end courses can be arranged either end of these weeks.

Please contact us for availability.

If our dates do not suit you, please give us a call or email and see if we can organise a trip just for you or your group.

We can also organise individual trips for small groups to more remote areas such as Knoydart, Ben Alder and Fisherfield. In fact just about any hills you have a desire to walk.

Have a look at the ‘Bespoke Page’ for more details