Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Courses
We offer winter mountaineering and climbing courses in Scotland, the Lake District and Snowdonia. Most of these take place in the Scottish highlands, where the most reliable winter conditions occur. Sometimes, however, Snowdonia and the Lake District may have equally good, or even better, conditions.
In British mountaineering, we generally take ‘Winter’ to mean that there is snow and ice on the ground. Therefore you need winter equipment (such as an ice axe and crampons) and, importantly, the skills to use them. Winter weather is much harsher and less forgiving than in summer, so good quality mountaineering clothing is essential. Winter is defined by the 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.
You may be a summer hill walker wanting to take the first steps in the winter mountains; or a summer rock-climber who wants to move into winter climbing, including on ice. Or, you may already be proficient but want to push yourself a little more knowing you are in safe hands. Any of our winter mountaineering and climbing courses can be pitched at the right level for you.