Scottish Winter Mountaineering
  • Scotland
  • 5 Days
  • 4 People to 1 instructor

Scottish Winter Mountaineering

  • Hike
  • Intermediate
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You're a dedicated hillwalker who wants to take things up a level and become a true 'mountaineer', tackling the more challenging peaks of Glencoe and Lochaber in winter. You'll need the full array of mountaineering skills that this course is designed to deliver. Our top class instructors will combine practical instruction with ascents of many of the finest summits in the Western Highlands to develop your winter skills on steeper snow and winter scrambling terrain. You'll cover winter navigation, and avalanche evaluation alongside the emergency procedures of building a snow shelter and basic ropework for steep ground. You'll get masses of practical experience during the day, and we'll share our expert technical knowledge with you through a series of evening lectures to reinforce what you've learned out on the mountains. This course will be delivered from our scenic winter base in Scotland, the Alltshellach hotel in North Ballachulish.

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Can I book privately?

Yes. If you would like to book a private course then give us a call to discuss your needs.

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The Objectives

- You'll make the transition from winter hillwalker to mountaineer.

- You'll learn practically on five days out in the spectacular Scottish mountains, in combination with evening theory sessions.

- You'll cover all of the main skills you'll need to gain masses of confidence in your personal mountaineering ability.


* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.

What to Expect

This course will take you progressively through the skills of winter mountaineering. Venues and day to day activities are weather and snow-dependent and decisions regarding the exact day's programme will be decided by the course director each morning. The whole group will meet for a briefing, allowing you to share the decision making process with experienced instructors.

We will aim to cover the following topics;

Use of ice axe and crampons

Ice axe arrest

Winter navigation

Avalanche risk assessment and avoidance

Emergency snowshelters/survival

Elementary ropework and snow belays

Terrain - ridges, rocky steps, cornices, steep snow (Grade 1)

Mountaineering decision making

These areas will be incorporated into mountain journeys, hopefully taking in some of the major peaks.

Experience Required

Ideally you'll have completed our Scottish Winter Hillwalking course. Experience with axe and crampons would be very useful on this course. A good level of summer hill walking fitness is essential. You should be fit enough to undertake five consecutive days out in the mountains each with an approximate height gain of 1000m whilst carrying a rucksack weighing about 8-10Kg. This will help you to get the most out of the week and allow you to cope with what at times, can be challenging conditions. The days can be long and demanding but as with all our winter courses enthusiasm and determination are the key.

Why Choose Plas y Brenin?

Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.

If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the residential price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself.

When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.

What do I need to bring?
Equipment List
How should I prepare?
Preparation guide

Available Course Dates

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This course will help you become

A winter mountaineer ready to get out and experience it independently.

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