The West Coast of Scotland has the richest variety of winter climbing opportunities in the UK. Whether you've never climbed in winter before and want to give it a go, want to develop your skills to go it alone or just enjoy a great day in the mountains, we're here to make it possible. Below is just a sample of what's achievable. Please enquire to discuss options and your aspirations. All our winter days are tailored around your needs and desires. We strive to make your day as safe, informative and fun as possible.
Intro to Winter Climbing
Perhaps you're a keen winter walker and want to try something more technical. Maybe you've scrambled or climbed in summer and want to experience the challenge of winter. On an Intro to Winter Climbing course you will learn the skills to stay safe and look after yourself and your climbing partner on routes of grade I and II where you require one axe. Routes such as Ledge Route, Sron na Lairig, the East Ridge of Beinn a' Chaorainn and many many more.
Winter climbing Development
Perhaps you already lead climb in summer and want to winterise your skills. Maybe you would like to try a harder grade and see where your limits are. Our Winter Climbing Development course can show you everything from the basics to more advanced skills and techniques on routes where we need two axes. Climbing in winter can feel like a daunting prospect; the weather, the gear, the big objectives. With our extensive winter knowledge and experience we can help you develop the skills to become a competent winter climber.
"A cracking couple of days for me developing my winter climbing skills and trying something harder. Learned loads. Thanks again." James W.
guided Winter Classic
Sometimes it's just great to climb! Maybe you want to climb one of Ken Wilson's 'Cold Climbs' such as Point 5, the Orion Face or one of Scotland's many other classic routes. Early season mixed climbs and mid to late season ice climbing are all easily accessible from Fort William and what we love to do. With conditions dictating which routes are best and when, you can take advantage of our extensive local knowledge and avoid wasted trips to the mountains. We would love to share a great day in the mountains with you.
Prices are per day. For larger groups please enquire and we will be able to quote for your specific requirements.
Winter boots, crampons and ice axes will be required for winter climbing. If you already own these, fantastic. If not we can help you hire equipment - just let us know in advance. If you would like to purchase your own before the course we would be more than happy to advise what might be best. We also have some kit which you may be able to hire for free; please enquire.
We will provide harness and helmet for each day. If you are not used to this technical equipment your guide will ensure it is used in the correct manner. We are here to make your experience as safe and fun as possible.
Please see the Kit List for a comprehensive list of what you will need to bring.
Fully qualified, insured and experienced Mountain Instructor/Guide Helmet and harness for the duration of the course if you do not have your own Ropes and technical equipment Safety brief Action photos £10 per guided day donated to Nevis Landscape Partnership Kit list
You will have to organise accommodation, food, personal equipment and insurance.
For larger groups we can arrange extra guides at a corresponding cost.
timing and meeting
You will meet your instructor on the morning of your start date. Your instructor will be in contact the week before your start date to discuss final arrangements and the prevailing weather conditions.