Winter climbing, skills instruction and guiding on the West Coast of Scotland - Ben Nevis and Glen Coe 


After the summer rock climbing season finishes in late autumn, my attention turns to snowy mountains. I normally head up to Scotland for a month or more at the end of January for Scottish winter climbing adventures (the coming 17/18 winter will be my 12th Scottish winter season). I am also available for quick hits in Snowdonia in December and January if conditions are favourable. 

Climbing a large frozen mountain via a classic ice or mixed route is one of the most rewarding experiences within climbing and mountaineering. It requires a good level of fitness, long days, the right clothing to keep you warm and comfortable, determination and good judgement. wether swinging axes into steep ice, or making tricky pulls on axes torqued into cracks on rimed up cracks, there is no better feeling than topping out after a good honest battle. Scotland exudes adventure and I’ve been drawn back year after year to explore further and tick those historic routes that have fallen into folk law. With a lifetime’s worth of quality routes still to go at, my annual winter pilgrimage to Scotland is something I very much look forward to...  

Guided Winter Climbing

This is about going out with the intention of using ropes to safeguard ourselves while climbing. We'll aim to climb the best routes given the prevailing conditions, on graded climbs to suit your experience and aspirations. During guided days you will be taught skills that will progresses your level of experience along the way and leave feeling you've gained knowledge to make you a more able, confident winter climber and mountaineer. 


Winter Mountaineering 

Wether it’s capturing that elusive winter Munro, winterising existing summer mountaineering skills, learning about avalanche risk and safe travel planning, or you are looking for a guide to lead your party safely in the winter mountains, I can design courses to suit. Winter mountaineering is all about understanding the environment you are traveling in and developing the skills and knowledge to make sound decisions and judgements before setting off and while on the ground. Other than practising with ropes for emergency use - lowering someone over the top of a steep gully, bringing someone up to you over a tricky section, winter mountaineering is generally viewed as travel in the mountains without the intention of using a rope on your planned route.

Winter CLIMBING Course Pricing

ONE to Four day courses Based on 1 OR 2 people per Course


                    1 person      2 people

1 day           £180          £220

2 days         £350          £400

3 days         £500          £550

4 days         £640         £680

5 days         £770         £800

Crampons available for hire at £10 per person per day

Ice axes available for hire at £10 per person per day

Winter Skills Course Pricing

Two to Four day courses Based on 1 to 5 people per Course


          1-2 people,    x3,        x4,       x5,

  2 days     £300      £350     £400    £450

  3 days     £450      £500     £550    £600

  4 days     £600     £650     £700     £750

 5 days     £750     £800     £850     £900

Crampons available for hire at £10 per person per day

Ice axes available for hire at £10 per person per day