This course is the necessary step if you want to develop the skills to go climbing independently in winter conditions. Making the progression to climbing winter routes is something that many climbers aspire to, because of the brilliant challenges that the winter environment offers. We will start by establishing what you already know and then build on this, developing the skills you will need to climb safely and manage yourself in the winter mountains.
The big difference between this course and the ‘Introduction to Winter Lead Climbing’ course we offer is the additional time you’ll spend with one of our highly experienced instructors. This in turn will enable us to look in depth at the wide variety of winter climbing skills as well as providing you with the opportunity to apply them in a wide range of situations and a variety of different conditions.
We have intentionally kept our pricing structure simple and ensured that there are no hidden costs. Included in the price is the free hire of ice axe/s, crampons, harness’s & helmets.
1:1 Instructor to Client Ratio £1250
1:2 Instructor to Client Ratio £700pp
This course is based out Aviemore, in the Scottish Highlands. From this location we are ideally placed to take advantage of the wide selection of superb mountain areas available throughout the Cairngorms National Park.
Other locations are available upon request, just let us know when you enquire.
During this course you will learn the necessary skills to be able to competently ‘lead’ winter climbs. Topics covered include;
- Winter Climbing Grades
- Equipment Selection
- Removal & Placement of rock/ice/snow gear
- Rope Management
- Belay Construction & Changeovers
- Avalanche Awareness & Avoidance
- Movement Technique on Ice, Snow and Mixed terrain
We deliver this course at a maximum ratio of one instructor to two clients. This enables us to easily tailor the course to your ability and aspirations and ensures that you will receive a large amount of individual input from your instructor so that you can develop your skills swiftly and safely.
Previous Experience Required
Previous winter hill walking, winter climbing & rock climbing experience.
Accommodation (not included)
We don’t provide accommodation on our courses as some of our clients would like to stay in luxury accommodation, some in B&B’s, some in Bunkhouses and some like to camp. Therefore we feel our clients benefit from being able choose the accommodation they personally prefer in relation to their budget.
We are more than happy to recommend places to stay therefore after completion of your booking you will receive a course information pack which will contain further information about your course and a selection of local accommodation options.
We only run this course privately as this enables us to tailor it to your previous experience and aspirations so that you can get the most out of your time with us.
This coupled with the fact that we only use the UK’s highest qualified instructors means that you can progress at a rate that suits you whilst gaining significant confidence in your winter climbing ability.
The course will be operated on a max ratio of 1 instructor to 2 participants- you can come alone or with a friend/s. This course will be run on dates of your own choosing and included in the price is the supply all of the necessary safety equipment, including ice axe/s, crampons, harness & helmets.
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