Winter Climbing

Rare ice climbing on Ben Ledi

Scotland is blessed with a huge and diverse selection of winter routes of all grades and genres. Many of the approach walks are relatively short hence the regular visits from abroad by some pretty talented climbers. The Scottish mountains in winter though deserve huge respect. On a winter climbing course we look at the complete package which, given conditions should include the following;

  • planning a route given weather and avalanche information
  • safe approaches
  • equipment selection and use
  • rope management
  • belay construction
  • running belays
  • climbing strategy and techniques on rock, verglas, ice and snow
  • making judgements about routes and conditions
  • safe retreat, off the route
  • ……….. and what if it goes wrong!

……………………….. expect a lot of learning!

Alternatively, enjoy the journey and the thrill and let us make the decisions. We can guide you on some of the Scottish classics such as Tower Ridge and Observatory Ridge on Ben Nevis or perhaps Minus One gully. Alternatively, we can base ourselves further east and tackle Creag Meagaidh and the classic routes on the Post Face. Further East the character of the climbing changes again; mixed climbing on Cairngorm granite has to be experienced .

Let us know what you fancy and we can plan days and routes to suit you. Winter climbing ratios are 1:2 or 1:1. Prices are here.  Let the winter adventure begin.

Cairngorm Mixed Climbing
Cairngorn granite at its best
Green Gully, Ben Nevis
Green Gully, Ben Nevis