Winter Mountaineering

Ben Nevis

Winter mountaineering is all about using a broad variety of skills and knowledge in order to ascend a mountain, such as walking, scrambling using a single ice axe and crampons and perhaps a rope, harness and a lightweight selection of rock and ice protection. Mountaineering may not always involve standing beneath azure blue skies surrounded by glistening snow on a windless day – and there are no crowds; but, it is great when it is.

Winter Skills
Winter ropework training

Winter mountaineering courses can be 2 – 5 days long with a minimum of two people and a maximum of four. Areas covered during this week may (subject to weather and conditions) include:

  • Planning
  • Weather and avalanche risk assessment
  • Clothing and equipment 
  • Navigation and route finding
  • Using winter tools including basic rock and ice protection
  • Emergencies and evacuation (how to get off / back off)


We can work in many areas and with our skills can explore the Glencoe ridges, such as the classic Aonach Eagach Ridge or Curved Ridge on Buachaille Etive Mor.  Also Ledge Route on Ben Nevis or the CMD Arete.  Further East and very accessible are routes such as the Fiacaill of Corrie Sneachda and a multitude of other low grade (Scottish grade I) scrambles.

winter scrambling


Whatever your ultimate goal, aim to learn and be independent or enjoy an exhilarating ride!  Let us know what you fancy and we can plan to suit. Winter mountaineering ratios are 1:2 to 1:4. Prices are here.