Scottish Winter


Scotland's winter mountains are a unique environment, a heady mix of pleasure and pain. It's no surprise that winter mountaineering and climbing in Scotland is internationally famous. 'Storm lashed or frost bound*', no two days are likely to yield the same winter experience.

During most winter seasons I offer the full range of winter skills, mountaineering and climbing instruction and guiding.  For the duration of the winter I base myself in Fort William where there is easy access to some superb ice and mixed routes on Ben Nevis.

Aonach Mor, Glen Coe and the Mamores are also close by rightly making the region famous for some of the finest winter mountaineering and climbing in Scotland.  For those keen to spread their wings it's also within travelling distance of the North West Highlands and the Cairngorms.

The Winter Mountaineering section has details of defensive winter skills such as ice axe and crampon use for winter hill walkers, mountaineers and climbers.  Here you will also find details about instructional and guided courses for independant hill walkers and mountaineers who would like to negociate steeper and more exposed ground e.g. classic winter ridges etc.

For active climbers or keen mountaineer the Winter Climbing section has details of snow, ice and mixed winter climbing.

* Scotland's Winter Mountains: The Challenge and the Skills, Martin Moran (1998)