Scottish Winter Courses Available for 2018 / 2019:
Winter Skills 5 days – £425 4:1 ratio
Winter climbing 3 days (long weekend) – £390 2:1 ratio
Winter Climbing 5 days – £650 2:1 ratio
Private Winter Guiding – £220 1:1 and £260 1:2 ratio
Accommodation can be provided on request with all courses.
Scotland is the training ground of professionals. It is renowned for having the best mixed climbing in the world. This isn’t a beach holiday, this is winter climbing. If you want an experience worthy of remembering, stunning scenery, quality climbing and guaranteed adventure – winter climbing in Scotland may be for you. Scottish winter climbing is an epic adventure.
All technical equipment is provided in the cost of the course but you are expected to have your own personal equipment and clothing.
SCOTTISH WINTER SKILLS
This course is designed to give you the skills to get out in the mountains in winter conditions -learning skills to become independent and safe in the winter environment. You’ll be working in a maximum ratio of 1:4 (instructor to client) to make sure you maximise your learning. Your instructor will teach and coach you in a range of skills for the winter mountain environment.
Course content can include: ice axe use, ice axe arrest, safe travel in the mountains, navigation, understanding weather and avalanche forecasts, snow pack analysis, rope work, snow belays and (of course) reaching some of Scotland’s superb mountain summits.
Course costs – £425 per person. Accommodation on request.
SCOTTISH WINTER CLIMBING – LONG WEEKEND
A long weekend Scottish winter climbing course is designed to give you a great taster into winter climbing. With three action days based over a long weekend. You have the choice of adding the Friday or the Monday to the weekend to suit your travel / work needs.
You’ll be in a 1:2 ratio to maximise your time on the climbs and to get the most from your three days. In order to come on the course, you will have needed to have done some winter skills training and also be familiar with crampon and ice axe use. You don’t need to have done multi-pitch winter climbing before as you’re instructor will teach you the skills along your winter climbing journey. Your instructor will teach and coach you in a range of skills for Scottish winter climbing.
Course content can include: two ice axe use, movement coaching, winter belays, stance management, rope work, gear placements for winter, safe travel in the mountains, winter route choice, guide book use in winter, navigation, understanding weather and avalanche forecasts, snow pack analysis, rope work, snow belays and (of course) lots of great winter routes.
Course Costs – £390 per person. Accommodation on request.
SCOTTISH WINTER CLIMBING – 5 DAYS
This is a 5 day action packed Scottish winter climbing course. This course is designed to get you feeling comfortable seconding Scottish winter climbs and moving in the mountains in a winter environment. If you have climbed in winter before then this course will be perfect to get you into leading winter routes. This course can be run during a Monday to Friday or over a weekend.
You’ll be in a 1:2 ratio to maximise your time on the climbs and to get the most from your 5 days. You’ll be doing some theory sessions on this course – looking at the weather and avalanche forecast in order to help you plan days out for the future.
In order to come on the course, you will have needed to have done some winter skills training and be familiar with crampon and ice axe use. You don’t need to have done multi-pitch winter climbing before as you’re instructor will teach you the skills along your winter climbing journey. Your instructor will teach and coach you in a range of skills for Scottish winter climbing.
Course content can include: two ice axe use, movement coaching, winter belays, stance management, rope work, gear placements for winter, safe travel in the mountains, lead climbing, winter route choice, guide book use in winter, navigation, understanding weather and avalanche forecasts, snow pack analysis, rope work, snow belays and lots of great winter routes.
Course Costs – £650 per person. Accommodation on request.
- Experienced UK Guide / Instructor with First Aid qualification
- Transport to the crag each day
- Technical equipment
- Maps / Guides Books
- After course information and advice
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Flights / Transport to Scotland
- Accommodation (unless booked with us)
- Travel Insurance
- Personal Spending Money
- Personal Equipment
WHAT CLIENTS SAY
What an epic day. Dave gave us an amazing day on Wintours leap. We covered more than I could have hoped. Dave understood exactly what our objectives of the day were, excellent value for money. Dave was the most professional, and clearly knew his stuff.
Dave and his team hosted Noah’s Ark Charity Dangle event Sunday 16th October 2016 from Newport Transporter Bridge and we couldn’t have picked a better team of instructors to help us..
All of the guides were extremely supportive and had the groups best interest at the forefront of everything we did, they were also very knowledgeable about the mountains and what lay ahead of us. This is the first time we have used Dave but definitely not the last!
Dave and Robyn guided a group of us to four 4000+m peaks in the Atlas Mountains, including Toubkal – the highest in North Africa. They were always full of energy and continually kept the team motivated. You were never in doubt that they were fully prepared for all eventualities, using ropes when required and even having a foam roller for those of us with tight muscles! On top of this, they were always teaching us important mountain skills, with demonstrations and giving everyone the chance to practice these skills in a safe and fun but relevant environment. I also thought they were excellent at tailoring the experience to different peoples wants and needs.
Without a doubt my favourite adventure holiday of the year – i’m already looking to book another one with Dave in the New year!
Highly recommended 🙂 Dave was a great guide, super fun and a good photographer too, capturing all the best bits of our expedition.
The best rock climbing instruction I’ve ever had. Extremely clear and engaging.
I just wanted to add that the quality of instruction was actually more than excellent! I learned loads of things that were very empowering and challenging, while always feeling very safe and in a friendly atmosphere. I had a lot of fun and really enjoyed my day. Many thanks to Dave!
I will happily tell all my friends that it is one of the best things I have ever had the good fortune to do.
Dave, was excellent. He manages to combine an inspirational passion for climbing with very knowledgeable advice and instruction and an unerring eye for safety.
It has been an amazing experience. A gigantic sincere Thank you to Dave for his care, effort and lovely sense of humor! He made us really happy.
Just wanted to pass on my thanks for a fantastic abseiling service from you guys yesterday. The feedback from all was what a professional and warmhearted company you are and even the very fearful felt safe and cared for and thanked you for your patience and reassurance.
It would be an understatement to say the Abberley Hall Clock Tower Abseil event exceeded my expectations.
SCOTTISH WINTER CLIMBING KIT LIST
Below are some Scottish Winter equipment essentials. If you’ve booked on a course with us, we’ll send you a detailed kit list and joining instructions. If you have any question on equipment choices for a course then feel free to get in touch.
Here’s some top tips on winter climbing from UKC – https://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/features/ten_top_tips_for_winter_climbing-3416
A Large Holdall – A large holdall bag or very large rucksack (around 100 litres in size). This is to store all of your mountain clothing and equipment.
Rucksack – Rucksack for the winter environment needs to be around 40 litres in capacity so that you can get all your spare kit, flask, food, hats, gloves, crampons etc in. This is the rucksack that you will wear when on the mountain, it must be comfy. Rucksacks aren’t waterproof so make sure you have a rucksack liner or multiple waterproof bags inside to put things in.
Boots – Winter Boots, these must be able to take a crampon and kick steps into hard snow, winter boots need to be more rigid in the shank and on the sole section. Walking boots are classed as B0 (zero), B1, B2 or B3. B0 boots do not support crampons and should not be used.
B1 or B2 boots will support crampons. These boots are good for winter skills courses. Go for B1 boots if you think you’ll be venturing out onto very easy winter walks now and again. Go for B2 boots if you think you’ll be going up slightly steeper routes or scrambles.
If you’re on a Scottish winter climbing course then you’ll need a B3 boot.
Crampons – Crampons, these should be compatible with, and fit your boots. Crampons are similarly graded to boots going from C1, C2 or C3. C3 crampons are high end crampons aimed at steep winter climbing. You should go for a C1 or C2 crampon if you’re on a winter skills course. A higher C rated crampon should be used if you are on a Scottish winter climbing course.
Ice Axe – A walking axe is needed for a winter skills course. It should be 50-65 cm in length and dictated to some degree by your height. Two technical climbing axes are used for winter climbing courses. These can be borrowed for the duration of your course.
Gloves – Gloves (at least 3 – 4 pairs). The winter environment in Scotland can be damp. This means that once your gloves are wet they’re not as warm as when they were dry. Changing your gloves regularly keeps your hands toasty and warm. You’ll need:
- One thin pair – for walking in and as an under glove if needed.
- Two mid weight climbing gloves – these want to fit well and be warm enough but also you need to be able to perform simple tasks such as tying and untying knots in them.
- One very warm pair – you’ll need a big pair of very warm gloves. These can be mittens or over gloves. Just make sure that they’re warm enough to get your hands back to life from cold to toasty warm.
Thick Socks – Thick Walking socks, try Thorlo or Smart wool winter walking socks. Wearing two thin pairs works for some people. Try out your boots and socks before turning up on a course. Cotton socks are useless in the winter environment. Having cold feet or hands is one the biggest annoyance that people suffer with on courses.
Goggles – Ski Goggles are not to be left behind. They are essential in bad weather and in snowstorms so that you can see and move around easily. If you can, getting a pair of goggles that have a clear lens will help but isn’t essential.
Down Jacket – A down jacket, whilst not essential is a great item to just shove over the top of your shell jacket for lunch stops or when you’re feeling a bit cold. Down however, doesn’t like the damp conditions so a synthetic jacket is a much better option. If you haven’t got a down jacket, another thick fleece will do the job.
A Small Flask – A flask is another item I wouldn’t leave the house without. Having a hot drink on the mountain in the winter enviroment is a superb moral boost and allows you to stay hydrated.
Camera – A good quality camera is very important to snap up those moments. The guide on the course will carry a camera and all photos of the trip will be shared at the end free of charge.