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Winte skills courses and guiding

winter courses
climbing & mountaineering

Our winter skills courses are designed to offer a progressive and structured journey from winter skills to winter mountaineering on graded ground and finally onto winter climbing.


Our courses are mainly based in Scotland, to make use of more reliable winter conditions as well taking advantage of the amazing mountain terrain Scotland has to offer. 

We are mainly based in the Cairngorms throughout the period but your course may make use of the west coast (Ben Nevis and Glen Coe) on some days if appropriate to do so.

Our Winter Skills are designed to build a solid foundation of winter walking skills and provide a platform for our mountaineering programme.  Mountaineering includes the skills to get ready to tackle winter ridges, gullies and scrambling terrain with one axe, up to grade II. 

The winter climbing is two axe climbing on  snow, ice and mixed routes. 


Intro to Winter skills 

1 day - lake district

For hill walkers progressing into winter hiking; learn the basics of winter walking & navigation.  Our focus is winter preparation; ice axe and crampons will be used and taught only if required.


intro to winter skills 

2 days - cairngorms

This 2 day course allows time for skills to be refined and a mountain journey to be achieved in the high mountains on the second day, allowing further consolidation of new skills. 


winter mountaineering

3 days - cairngorms

Learn new skills and refine winter mountaineering techniques; getting to grips with ice axes and crampons, ropework, snow anchors and avalanche awareness.

Tackle winter ridges and gullies up to grade II.  


intro to winter climbing 

3 days - cairngorms

Progress your skills onto our winter climbing course and learn two axe climbing techniques such as swinging, hooking and torquing.  We are looking to climb a variety of routes on snow, ice and mixed ground from grade I-IV. 

WHAT customers SAY


An absolutely fantastic day - Sam was highly informative and imparted a huge amount of info during our climb on Helvellyn. Conditions were extremely challenging but Sam's expertise meant we were able to handle high winds and a blizzard safely. 


I couldn't recommend this course more. As someone who wants to make the step from summer hill walking to winter this was the perfect opportunity. Sam was professional throughout and guided us through the correct safety procedures so that we could be out in the fells. It was a positive environment throughout. 


Had a great day out on the hills with Sam. Would highly recommend, he's very knowledgeable and encouraging. 


We look forward to hearing from you and working towards your mountaineering ambitions and helping to achieve your goals. 

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