Scotland - West Coast

Let us show you the Alpine-like peaks of Glencoe and the west coast of Scotland.

 

Scotland - Eastern Highlands

Journey through the Arctic wilderness of the Cairngorms.

 

Snowdonia & Lake District

Tackle the rugged Welsh mountains and Lakeland Fells under winter conditions with us

 

Winter mountaineering

Let us teach you about winter skills, techniques, equipment and hazards.

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Winter Mountaineering Courses

We provide a range of bespoke winter mountaineering courses in Scotland, the Lake District and Snowdonia. Most courses will take place in the Scottish highlands, where the most reliable winter conditions occur. On other occasions, however, Snowdonia and the Lake District may have equally good, or even better, conditions.

In the British mountains, ‘Winter’ is taken to mean that snow and ice are present in significant quantity and therefore winter skills and equipment (such as an ice axe and crampons) are required . Winter weather is much harsher and less forgiving than in summer, and good quality mountaineering clothing is essential. Winter is defined by the prevailing conditions on the day, not by a date in a calendar, and winter conditions can occur from as early as November to as late as May. The best and most reliable winter conditions occur from January through to March – but as we all know the UK’s weather is becoming increasingly unpredictable.

Whether you are a summer hill walker wanting to take the first steps in the winter mountains; or whether you already have some experience and want to move on to the next level; or if you are already proficient but want to push yourself a little more knowing you are in safe hands – then any of these courses can be pitched at a level appropriate to you.

Testimonials

Top notch map reading and navigation course with Patrick, who is as patient and professional as he is knowledgeable! Highly recommended. Loved every minute, and am looking forward to putting into practice everything I have learnt.

Sian - Apr 2018

Both trips with Patrick (so far), though very different in character (navigation course, and the awesome Tower Ridge), were conducted with the same extremely high level of professionalism. Guidance and feedback is clearly provided with an appropriate level of detail. On the mountain, Patrick's safety focused approach provides confidence when you need it most. Highly recommended.

Jason - Aug 2017

Thank you Patrick for the most amazing two days of Scottish Winter climbing we had with you. With your help we exceeded our climbing ambitions and importantly felt safe with your guidance at all times. In fact it was so good we are coming back for more.

Angela - Jan 2018

I had a 10/10 weekend in Snowdonia scrambling with Patrick back in July and had an absolute blast! The scrambles we did were stunning and pretty challenging for someone who's never done any scrambling before but I felt completely comfortable the whole time.

Jackie - Oct 2017

I learned an incredible amount in just two days... I can't thank Patrick enough for his professionalism, sharing his expertise and for making sure I got the most out of my time on the rock

Rachel - July 2018

Had an incredible weekend in the Cairngorms for the intro to winter mountaineering course! I learned a ton, crossed 2 mountains off my list, and really enjoyed socializing in the down time as well! I will definitely be back for another course.

Jackie - Feb 2017

My fiance and I had a fantastic day trying out multi-pitch trad climbing, scrambling and basic navigation with Patrick. He was excellent at tailoring the day to my level of experience and needs.

Anthony - July 2017

Patrick's passion for mountaineering is highly infectious; and he is equally passionate about sharing his expansive knowledge and skills to equip you with the right tools to pursue it. Out on the mountains, the same set of knowledge and skills inspire confidence so that I know I can take risks in order to up my game. Great show of leadership and control through difficult situations.

Shion - Aug 2017

Thank you Patrick for the great week end and for introducing me to scrambling. Your tips and information have been very useful and I feel that I have learn a lot . I look forward to the next one....

Morena - Nov 2016

I had an incredible time with Patrick stepping it up and taking on some winter climbing for the first time! He tailored the 3 days based on my goals, made each day fun despite the terrible weather and I felt that I'd come away with a ton of knowledge and confidence.

Advait - Feb 2018

Many thanks to Patrick for a thoroughly enjoyable two days doing my silver NNAS course. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable and experienced but he is also excellent at conveying things in the right way for his audience. Very patient and flexible and inspires confidence - I learned more than I expected to.

Helen - June 2018

I had the best weekend doing the Scrambling course with Patrick in Wales!! Everything was well planned and flexible. As a complete beginner I learnt loads and did far more than I ever imagined I could.

Lara - Jul 2017

Thank you for your patience and very calming teaching style. The instruction was nothing less then top notch.

Bob & Janet - June 2019

Did the Multi-pitch course. Really good weekend, despite Storm Katie creating havoc along the way. Patrick was able to adapt teaching to the situation really well, and made the most out of a tricky environment. Learnt what I wanted out of the course, and already looking to book onto future weekends. Definitely recommended.

Katy - Mar 2016

I was very confident in Patrick's skills. He looked after us really well and made sure that we were comfortable and confident in what we were doing.

Patrick - May 2016

Patrick is the most professional, patient, humorous and inspiring instructor I have ever had the pleasure to meet. He truly and heartedly loves what he does which reflected in his knowledge, confidence building and genuine quest to give us the best and most enjoyable experience ever.

Donna - May 2016

Patrick was a great instructor and considered all our abilities and what we wanted to achieve from the trip. It was amazing scenery and tough climbs peppered with Patrick's amusing and informative facts and tips along the way!!

Elizabeth - May 2016

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