Winter Walking & Mountaineering Skills Training

The hills and mountains of the United Kingdom and especially Scotland come alive when in their winter coat.  Its a very satisfying and exciting experience to travel in the mountains in winter, to feel the crunch of your crampons biting into the hard snow and gaze in amazement at the various snow and ice formations.

However the UK’s mountains can be a very dangerous and challenging place if you don’t have the skills and knowledge to travel safely in the winter environment. That’s why our qualified instructor lead days are perfect for the novice or experienced hill walker who wants to get out in the snowy peaks without the risk and responsibility of doing this on their own. We can provide bespoke days out on the winter hills, where we cover basic skills for your safety and then we spend the rest of the day winter walking or mountaineering, we don’t exceed grade 1 winter mountaineering and we will take you on some of the classic winter mountain days out.

1 day winter mountaineering starts from £80.00 per person or £190.00 for a full day private guide one to one.

Or if you want to learn more skills and independence then our 2 day winter skills course is another option (see below)

Winter Skills Course – 2 Days – £160.00

Our winter skills courses are a perfect way to start your introduction to the winter environment or a refresher for those that may already enjoy winter mountaineering. We cover the skills and knowledge required to ensure a safe and enjoyable day in the winter mountains.

Our 2 day course starts in the classroom covering the basics to ensure you are prepared to go out into the winter environment, then after that we get on the hill covering all the skills required, starting with movement on the snow and ice using crampons, boots and your ice axe, covering kicking steps, crampon fitting and use and use of the ice axe which includes cutting steps, ice axe arrest and snow pack testing.

Skills covered

  • Planning & preparation
  • Weather & the mountain environment
  • Avalanche awareness & snow pack
  • Movement skills – kicking steps, crampons
  • Ice axe skills
  • Self arrest

All our winter mountaineering and skills courses include helmets and where appropriate harnesses. Ice axe and crampons can be hired locally for £15per day or use your own, you will also need other winter equipment such as B2/3 boots and appropriate clothing. A list of essential gear will be provided upon enquiry.

Our Next “Winter Mountaineering & Skills dates are below :

6/7th February

13/14th February

20/21st February

6/7th March

13/14th March

27/28th March

To book this please call us on 07970 835737 or visit our Contact Us page to enquire about availability,  We also run bespoke courses, so just get in touch with your preferred dates