Winter Climbing Courses

Winter Climbing in Scotland

Winter Climbing Courses Overview

There’s no doubt that winter climbing draws on all of the skills we learn as climbers and mountaineers and demands that they are practised and honed in an incredibly challenging and inspiring environment. Slick ropework and technique, combined with good judgment and decision-making skills are essential for any winter climber who wants to be safe and productive. We offer two winter climbing courses that will help you develop these skills.

Essential Details

  • Courses run between December and April*
  • 2 courses available from 1 to 3 days in duration
  • Good level of fitness required

* If your booking coincides with unsuitable conditions we will offer an alternative date or a refund if re-booking is not possible.

Introduction to Winter Climbing

This introductory course is designed for people who are just getting into the wonderful world of winter climbing. We aim to help you develop confidence and good judgment, as well as the practical skills required to tackle graded winter climbs.

Advanced Winter Climbing

Our Advanced Winter Climbing course is geared towards experienced climbers and mountaineers. Perhaps you’ve done lots of climbing in summer and want to have a go at winter climbing? Or maybe you’ve done lots of winter mountaineering and want to try something a bit more challenging?

For more information about this course: Advanced Winter Climbing

Do I need any previous experience?

Some previous climbing and/or mountaineering experience is desirable. A basic understanding of ropes, knots, and belaying will mean that you get the most out of your course. However, we strive to offer flexible, tailored instruction specific to your goals.

How many can participate?

Both of our Winter Climbing courses work well on a 1:1 or 1:2 basis (instructor to participant) and both can be booked from one to three days in duration.

How much will it cost?

Our pricing structure is based on a sliding scale with a reduced daily fee for every additional day booked. If you would like to reserve a contingency day around your preferred date/s in order to pick the best weather and conditions for your course or activity we may be able to arrange this for an additional fee. For more details, please see our pricing structure.

How to book?

Please get in touch using the enquiry form on this page and we’ll get back to you with all of the details and a booking form for you to complete. We require a 30% deposit to secure bookings and full payment prior to your course or activity commencing. If you would like any more information or have a specific question, please use the contact form in the menu at the top of the page.

What do I need to bring with me?

If you have any of your own equipment we will encourage you to use it as long as it’s suitable. We have a small range of hire equipment available should you be missing anything. As a minimum, you will need to bring your own winter mountaineering boots (B2/B3), warm and waterproof clothing, and a packed lunch. Please see links to specific courses for a more comprehensive equipment list.



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A cracking day with Chris and Dave today who made slick work of No 2 gully. Well done both! Working for @westcoast_mountainguides @ami_professionals

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