Snow & Ice Climbing

Maximum Ratio 2 : 1
A solid introduction to the skills and grades of winter climbing in all its forms. This course will suit those with either winter mountaineering experience or summer climbers wishing to develop their skills in winter. We concentrate in the corries, in gullies, on ridges and buttresses, learning winter belays, climbing styles, route choice, snow conditions, and leading routes where appropriate on our way. Also included is a thorough grounding in the basic winter skills of axe and crampons techniques, winter belaying including piton and ice screw placement.

Whilst learning the skills that take you from summer into winter climbing we will take to the mountains and climb the ridges and gullies which are best suited to your needs and the prevailing conditions. Navigation and snowcraft form a crucial part of the course to enable group members to lead themselves safely in the winter.

Snow & Ice Climbing 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. Finish with a climb if possible.
  • Tuesday : Ascend gully in GlenCoe Gr II
  • Wednesday : Ascend ridge in the Mamores Gr II/III
  • Thursday : Gully climb on Aonach Mor
  • Friday : Gully or Ridge on Ben Nevis
  • Saturday : Depart.


5 Day (Course Only) :  £ 600.00

Week-end (Course Only) : £ 300.00


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

Availability 2018 (5 day courses)

January : 21st   February : 4th  & 18th   March : 6th & 18th

April : 1st    

Week-end Courses and Guiding can be arranged anytime.

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 individuals and small groups to more remote areas such as Cairngorm, Creag Meagaidh, Ben Alder or even Knoydart and Skye in the winter.

In fact just about any routes you have a desire to climb.

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