Mask of Death, Cwm Silyn, Snowdonia

Welsh Winter Climbing Course

Mask of Death V 5, Cwm Silyn, Snowdonia

Who is ‘Welsh Winter Climbing’ for?

Some winters produce fantastic winter conditions in Wales. Both Ice and Mixed routes are a plenty with short walk ins allowing two routes to be climbed in a day. So if you see that there are snowy conditions in Wales get in touch for some Welsh Winter Climbing. The season is short so make the most of it when it arrives whether you are a beginner or wanting to be guided up classic welsh routes.

What will be covered?

The Welsh 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

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. Welsh winter is a fickle thing - you may decide that heading to Scotland where conditions are more reliable is better for you.

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 me 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 -


Instruction/Guiding prices from

1:1 £200 per day

1:2 £220 per day


Courses run on a minimum of 2 people £180 per person for 2 days

Saturday & Sunday 2nd - 3rd Feb

Monday & Tuesday 4th - 5th Feb

Thursday & Friday 7th & 8th March



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.


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Contact -

Paul James  07739 813927

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