Winter - Mountaineering

These winter days will take a winter walker safely onto more technical terrain, within the broad winter grades of I & II.

Key Information

1 person = £200

2 people = £220

3 people = £240


Normal maximum ratio of Instructor to Clients, 1 : 2

The ratio can be raised to 1 : 3, if suitable routes are chosen.

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  • A good fitness level for demanding winter days, carrying a winter rucksac.
  • Previous winter experience of using crampons and carrying an axe.
  • Some summer scrambling experience.

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These are days that will take you on steeper terrain in the mountains – within the winter grade range of I up to II. You can decide if you want to be Guided or be taught (Instruction) the various winter mountaineering 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 a team. This is perfect for people who want to develop their winter confidence on steep ground, and their personal management skills.

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 mountaineer.

The days might include climbing 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)

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

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Ledge Route – Ben Nevis


CMD Ridge – Ben Nevis


Grade I gully on Ben Nevis



Ben Nevis


Ledge Route

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