A Cioch Ben Bhan


Instruction/Guiding prices from

1:1 £200 per day

1:2 £220 per day

Dates for courses in Wales

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

Monday - Friday 11th - 15th March - £500 per person based on minimum of 2 people



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.

For accommodation ideas in Snowdonia or Scotland.

Winter Mountaineering Course

Cutting Steps

Who is ‘Winter Mountaineering’ for?

Do you want to get to grips with the more challenging peaks in the winter? If so  this course aims to give you the skills to become a competent winter mountaineer. We will work to develop skills on steeper snow and scrambling terrain. We will visit crampon and ice axe techniques, winter navigation, avalanche awareness, emergency procedures and basic rope work for steep ground. A week long course will work towards climbing some easy gullys and graded mountaineering routes such as Ledge Route on Ben Nevis, Traverse of A’cioch Beinn Bhan, Deep South Gully Beinn Alligin a just a few classic examples.

If you fancy winter climbing have a look at the winter climbing course page.

This course is best run over 2 or 5 days.

What will be covered?

Winter Mountaineering can run up to a maximum ratio of 1 instructor : 4 participants. You will cover the following:

Equipment for a day out in winter

Crampon technique

Ice Axe techniques

Avalanche Awareness

Movement on Steep ground

Basic Winter Navigation and Rope work

What previous clients thought ...

Great photos, Thanks Kath. And thanks again for a fantastic weekend. The perfect blend of excitement and keeping me safe.” Tony Trundley - London

“Thank you for the week in Scotland (photos appreciated) - I had a great time, learnt some news skills and as a bonus bagged some Munros!” Simon James - Hampshire

"I did 2 days winter mountaineering course with Paul last weekend, he is a top teacher and very knowledgeable. For me his approach was perfect, he explained the fundamentals of winter mountaineering and then took us experience it. I do some mountaineering and have come across number of teachers / guides, But Paul stands above all so far. Thank you." Mo Ahmed

"I had an awesome trip with Paul in Cairngorms in February. Paul taught me winter skills, rope skills, winter climbing skills and most importantly instilled confident in me that I was capable of using these skills in a knowledgeable and patient manner. The highlight was him getting me to climb Fiacaill ridge on the Cairngroms...amazing!" Andy Rodgers - London

Other Questions

What if the weather is bad?

The weather has to be pretty bad to stop a winter mountaineering course from running, however if high winds are forecast we have a great selection of low level venues to keep you busy.

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 (I am out climbing through the day with limited phone signal, so leave a message and I 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 - www.snowdoniaoutdooradventure.co.uk

Traverse of A’cioch, Beinn Bhan - classic winter mountaineering in the NW Highlands

Fuselage Gully, Beinn Eighe
descending Mullach an Rathain, Liathach
Coire nan Lochan, Cairngorms
Aonach Eagach Ridge
Mountain Expertise - Rock Climbing Instruction

Contact -

Paul James  07739 813927


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