Our winter climbing days are pitched at the novice climber wanting their first taste of winter climbing. Through to seasoned winter climbers, looking to be guided up a classic climb/route.
These days run predominantly from Scotland but can be run from the Lake District when conditions dictate.
UK for winter climbing is totally unique in the fact that the changing weather conditions means that no 2 days are the same! Soft powder, Steep ice, and mixed terrain can be encountered in a single day.
We choose the grade for you’re ability, and give you the appropriate instruction to get you to the top. Under your own steam of course. Depending on what you’re needs and interests are, we’ll tailor the day and structure it accordingly.
Below is a list of some of the topics covered; this is by no means extensive.
Main Topics covered:
Movement on various terrain types
Using 2 axes
Leashes or no leashes?
Placing/taking out equipment
Belays and construction
Using double and single ropes
Winter climbing leading:
We can also introduce winter lead climbing to people wanting to progress and take it to the next level. This is a big step, and having a qualified and experienced instructor to hand is essential, as well as comforting. Having someone at the side of you whilst your leading can really propel you to the next stage in you’re winter climbing career. Help choosing the correct route line, as well as what and when to place gear is essential.
The instructor will assess you’re ability and decide on the day if you are ready to winter lead climb. It may be that you want to, but on the day doesn’t feel right. If this is the case, no problem the instructor will take the reigns and give you a fantastic and memorable day.
Below is a list of some of the most popular winter climbing:
Aonach Eagach – Glencoe
Tower Ridge – Ben Nevis
Ledge Route – Ben Nevis
Point 5 Gully – Ben Nevis
North Gully – Lurcher’s crag
Raeburn’s Gully – Lochnagar
Taxus – Beinn an Dothaidh
Golden Oldy – Aonach Mor