Scottish winter mountaineering bridges the gap between walking and climbing, opening up lots of interesting and exciting routes. We look at how to use a rope and climbing techniques to safeguard your movement on steeper mountain terrain over two days of intensive training (weekend).
The course is based on our 5 day Intro Winter Mountaineering and is suitable for those who already have winter walking and summer scrambling experience, and are keen to progress into winter mountaineering.
Over two days of intensive training you'll learn theory and practice lots of skills as we journey in the mountains climbing ridges, snow slopes and steep mountain ground. By the end of the training you will have a good understanding of winter mountaineering and a clear pathway to becoming a safe mountaineer.
- Planning an appropriate mountaineering day
- What to wear and what to carry
- Advanced crampon and ice axe skills
- Route selection
- Using a rope, tying in and belaying
- Building belays, placing runners, snow and rock anchors
- Abseiling and down-climbing
- Avalanche avoidance
- Winter navigation
- Problem solving
We believe the best way to winter mountaineer safely is by having the experience to make good decisions. That's why on our courses you will do as much mountaineering and learning as possible to give you that confidence.
As this course is a weekend of intensive training, it's important you are already practiced in core winter skills (cramponing, ice axes, self arrests, winter navigation etc.) and have undertaken summer rock scrambles recently.
Our courses are based from Aviemore, which is in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland.
If you are a small party who would prefer a private course on other dates, please get in touch.