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

Patrick arranged three great days of mountaineering in the Cairngorms for my friend and I. He was very flexible on the program, and careful to adapt it to our needs and expectations so we can best improve our mountaineering skills.

Cyprien - Feb 2019

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

I've been on Winter Skills Course with Patrick, well, it was amazing! I've learnt a lot. Patrick is very professional and very knowledgable, he listens to everyone and makes sure that everybody is comfortable and has required understanding

Olena - Feb 2018

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

Had a great weekend of winter climbing in Fort William! I have learnt so much from Patrick and enjoyed my time!

Nour - Jan 2018

I did the Introduction to winter mountaineering course in the Cairngorm mountains Scotland in February this year. It was a great experience and I felt I learnt many new skills and improved the skills I already knew. Patrick is a great teacher.

Darren - Feb 2016

Patrick understood everything I wanted to achieve and designed a flexible 2 day session which improved my climbing skills, my decision making and most importantly has given me the confidence to take my climbing to the next stage.

Alan - June 2019

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

Bob & Janet - June 2019

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

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

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