Introduction to Scottish Winter Climbing
Scottish Winter Climbing at it's best; reliable ice climbing on Penguin Gully, Beinn Dearg NW Highlands
Who is ‘Introduction to Winter Climbing’ for?
The Introduction to Scottish Winter Climbing course is for people who have some winter hillwalking experience and want to make the next step onto steeper ground and climbing. 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. If you have no winter experience do not worry we can tailor a course to get you climbing quickly. It is necessary to spend a day getting to grips with basic crampon, ice axe and movement skills and then we can get you winter climbing.
This course can be a 1 day refresher, a weekend or a 5 day course.
What will be covered?
The Introduction to 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
Retreating - abseiling
Route choice and route finding
Gear placements in winter
Snow and ice gear/anchors
What previous clients thought ...
“Paul’s professionalism is not limited to his physical abilities and technical skills. To be a guide/instructor one must be able to cater to individual needs and abilities. One must relate well to clients on a human basis, love people, love climbing, and love teaching. All this is so obvious by Paul who did not stop pumping information about all aspects of climbing even those which were far from essential to the course itself. He certainly won my deepest respect. I feel we are friends now, and I dare say I'll be also correct in assuming that this is mutual. ” Abraham Gross - Israel
"Don't usually give full marks, but couldn't think of a fault! My husband and I first met Paul on an introduction to snow and ice climbing course in Scotland and ended up hiring him for an additional day that week as we were having such a good time. I surprised myself with how in control and comfortable I could feel attached to a rope with crampons on my feet and this did wonders for what I could achieve and my enjoyment levels. We've since seen Paul in Snowdonia for some rock climbing and the same was true. He strikes that difficult balance for a guide managing to make the day relaxed and enjoyable yet safe and informative. We're already considering booking in more of the same next year." Claire Parsons
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
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.
If you are not having an all inclusive package accommodation and food are not included in the price of your course. We have complied a list of accommodation campsites and bunkhouses to Hotels, pick something that suits you.
Paul James 07739 813927