Winter Mountaineering

These courses are designed to take a winter walker and develop the skill set required to tackle more technical ground.

Key Information
Cost

2 Days at £200 per person

5 days at £450 per person

Ratio

Maximum ratio of Instructor to Clients, 1 : 3

Pre-requisites
  • A good fitness level for 2-5 consecutive winter days
  • Previous winter experience of using crampons and carrying an axe.
  • Some summer scrambling experience
Availability

Request a date and check availability. Email Max – max@maxhunter.co.uk

Courses will run with a minimum of 2 people

Course Overview

These courses are designed to take a winter walker and develop the skill set required to tackle more technical ground (for example – steeper) on ascent and descent – grade I and up to grade II. The course may climb graded winter routes such as:

  • Number 4 gully (I)
  • Number 3 gully, (I)
  • Ledge Route (II)
  • East Ridge of Beinn A’Chaorainn (II)
  • NC Gully (II)
  • Dorsal Arete (II)

At the start of the course we will go over the experience and aspirations of each course participant, and finalise the course structure from there.

Topics covered could include:

  • Revision of basic winter walking skills – equipment selection, use of axe and crampons
  • Efficient movement on steeper ground in ascent and descent
  • Winter navigation
  • Avalanche awareness and avoidance
  • When is it appropriate to use a rope, appropriate/inappropriate techniques
  • Selection, and use, of snow anchors (bucket seat, buried axe, stomper, boot/axe belay)
  • Selection of rock anchors
  • Belay techniques – direct, semi-direct, indirect
  • Route selection, safe travel, making decisions

Booking Process

  1. Check availability. Email Max – max@maxhunter.co.uk
  2. Read  our Terms and Conditions
  3. Fill in a Booking Form and return

Photos: Inspiration for your course

Classic Winter Mountaineering Routes

Classic Winter Mountaineering Routes

Ben Nevis, Glencoe, Cairngorms etc

Ben Nevis, Glencoe, Cairngorms etc

Learn and improve Mountaineering Skills

Learn and improve Mountaineering Skills

Snow bollards, buried axes, bucket seats

Snow bollards, buried axes, bucket seats