Winter Climbing

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Scotland is world famous for the quality of it's snow, ice and mixed climbing. This combined with a strong history, makes for a rich and rewarding winter climbing experience.

Winter climbing instruction, courses and guiding cater for the enthusiastic beginner as well as regular winter climbers who wish to push their grade or experience something new.

My winter climbing instruction, courses and guiding is all held in the Scottish Highlands. This world famous region offers a vast variety of mountain terrain on which many British mountaineers have learnt their craft. I choose to base myself on the west coast of Lochaber for the duration of the winter, this area includes Glen Coe, Ben Nevis and the outdoor capital of Scotland - Fort William.

All our Scottish winter instruction, guiding and courses require summer hillwalking experience and a good level of fitness. Mountain days in Scotland can be a long but worthwhile experience.

All winter climbing is arranged on a day to day basis, from one day through to two weeks maximum.  For full details check out the Booking & Prices page.  Below are some popular choices amongst previous clients:

Intro Winter Climbing

Have some experience of summer climbing/mountaineering and wish to make the transition to climbing in Scotland in winter?  In the past I have had the pleasure of climbing with lots of people using a couple of days guiding as a "spring board" to a successful winter climbing career.  Efficient movement is important in winter, so it probably doesn't come as a surprise that my aim will be to get you climbing confidently while taking in some of Scotland's finest routes.

Mixing it Up: Scottish Performance Mixed

Every season I set some time aside to work with people specifically interested in mixed climbing at grade III and upwards.  So if you are interested in the techniques for snowed up rock, hooking and torquing then this could be for you. The aim will be to do plenty of mixed climbing to challenge as well as consolidate at a grade that's suitable.

Cold Climbs

If it's in the inspirational book “Cold Climbs” and in condition then it could be fair game.  Climb some classic Scottish routes such as 'Point Five Gully', 'Orion Direct' or 'Central Buttress' on Beinn Eighe.  For a full list check out the UKClimbing Cold Climbs list.