Winter - Introduction to Winter Climbing

Days that will take a winter mountaineer into winter climbing, climbing grades I to III.

Key Information
Cost

1 person = £200

2 people = £220

Ratio

Maximum ratio of Guide to Clients, 1 : 2

Pre-requisites
  • A good fitness level for demanding winter days, carrying a winter rucksack.
  • Previous winter mountaineering experience of using crampons and using 1 axe, or 2.
  • Some summer scrambling/climbing experience.
Availability

What day (or days) would you like? Choose dates and check our availability. Email Max – max@maxhunter.co.uk

Description

These are days that will take you on steeper winter climbs – within the winter grade range of I up to III. You can decide if you want to be Guided or be taught (Instruction) the various winter climbing techniques.

Choose Guided – The advantage of being guided is that you can focus on where you are and what you’re doing, all you have to do is look after yourself, and work as a member of the climbing team. This is perfect for people who want to get some winter climbing done!

Choose Instruction – This enables you to be taught (see the Topics listed below), to enable you to increase your competence, safety and confidence – helping you become a more independent winter climber.

The days might include climbing graded winter routes such as:

  • Number 2 Gully (II)
  • Aonach Eagach (II)
  • Curved Ridge (II/III)
  • SC Gully (III,3)
  • Number 3 Gully Buttress (III)
  • Twisting Gully (III,4)
  • Central Gully (III,4)

Topics covered could include:

  • Selection of appropriate gear and climbing equipment
  • Efficient movement and personal management
  • Avalanche awareness and avoidance
  • Climb selection and planning using guide books and websites
  • Route choice and decision making
  • Coaching of movement on steeper ground, use of technique and conservation of energy
  • Belay construction and choice of anchors. Rock, Ice and Snow anchors
  • Efficient rope-work

Booking Process

  • What day (or days) would you like? Email Max to check availability – max@maxhunter.co.uk
  • Read  our Terms and Conditions. Download Terms and Conditions.
  • Fill in a Booking Form and return. We will send you a Booking Form in a format for PC users, or a format for iOS (Apple) users. Download a Booking form (PDF format).
  • Pay here, using the Payment Tool below   –   Debit Card,   Credit Card   or   PayPal (alternatively pay by Bank Transfer or Cheque).

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Winter Climbing – the best of times

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An esoteric ice pitch on Ben Nevis

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Dorsal Arete

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First pitch ever with 2 axes

Number 2 Gully

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James enjoying the Crux – Castle Ridge

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