East Buttress, Beinn Eighe

Improvers Scottish Winter Climbing Course

East Buttress, Beinn Eighe Torridon Scotland

Who is ‘Improvers Winter Climbing’ for?

This course is for people who want to take their winter climbing a step further, perhaps by exploring winter venues beyond Ben Nevis and Cairngorm, or by trying a style of winter climbing you have not done before. A good level of fitness is important when heading out into the hills in the winter, a minimum of 1 hours walk in is required to get to the winter climbing venues.  Perhaps you would like to climb some of the classic winter routes found in Ken Wilson’s Cold Climbs book, if so this is the course for you.

This course can be a 1 day refresher, a weekend or a 5 day course.

What will be covered?

The Improvers Winter Climbing course is run at a maximum ratio of 1 instructor : 2 participants. This ensures that we can teach you what you need to know for the development of your winter climbing and mountaineering. We can cover many aspects of climbing including

Avalanche Awareness and weather

Movement on snow, rock and ice - graded routes IV +

Belaying techniques

Rope management

Retreating - abseiling

Route choice and route finding

Gear placements in winter

Snow and ice belays

What previous clients thought ...

“Thanks to for the instruction and time . I am off to Braemar this weekend and determined to get some good leads in and consolidate my learning and keep the confidence going.  I had a great time on the climb.”

Lizzie Potts, Scottish Ladies Climbing Club

“Going over the technical stuff and learning the right and wrong way of doing things, and the bit of practice that we had in  calm conditions, has given me the confidence I lacked. I was out there on Wednesday putting some of into practice on Crotched Gully, where I led the pitch before the exit through the cornice (full of wind blown snow!). So thanks for that and the pics and a very enjoyable day.”

Mary Stewart, Scottish Ladies Climbing Club

Other Questions

What if the weather is bad?

We will endeavour to spend as much time as possible out in the mountains, however if the weather is bad we can often cover many of the skills in more sheltered areas or a climbing wall. If there is no snow we can often cover many winter climbing skills on climbing walls and crags.

How do I book?

Once you have decided which course you would like to do send an email to enquire about the dates that suit you. I will then let you know if an instructor is available.

If you have any other questions about this course please get in touch. You can either email or phone (we are out climbing through the day with limited phone signal, so leave a message and we will call you back or send us an email).

If you are looking for a course for a large group or group of young people please have a look at our group adventure site - www.snowdoniaoutdooradventure.co.uk

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Instruction/Guiding prices from

1:1 £220 per day

1:2 £250 per day



For a list of equipment and personal kit please check the KIT LIST for your course.

Any equipment you do not have can be hired for prices see the booking page.


We have complied a list of accommodation campsites and bunkhouses to Hotels, pick something that suits you.

For accommodation ideas in Snowdonia or Scotland.

Getting to Scotland - Fly to Inverness for access to the mountains in the NW of Scotland or get the Caledonian Sleeper to Fort William or Aviemore can be accessed by the sleeper train and have a good range of accommodation, pubs and shops.

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Contact -

Paul James  07739 813927


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