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Scottish Winter Hillwalking, Mountaineering and Climbing

The progression through our scottish winter courses

The high mountains of Scotland offer a unique challenge to mountaineers. The unstable weather pattern, variable temperature and greater heights throw up unexpected challenges and unrivalled rewards. All of this has earned the Scottish mountains a world-wide reputation as the perfect training ground for mountaineering in the Alps or higher ranges. For our Scottish winter courses we are based in Glencoe, with much of the best climbing in Scotland right outside the front door. Whether you choose to learn to navigate confidently to the summit of your first Munro or pick your way carefully up a gleaming ice gully, one thing is for sure - our highly-qualified and enthusiastic instructors will help you develop the skill, technique and confidence you need to get more out of this rugged mountain environment. So come with us to the Scottish mountains and let us open your eyes to a winter experience you'll never forget

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Scottish Winter Hillwalking

During the winter months, the Scottish Highlands are covered in snow and ice, and at their most impressive. This is a logical step up from our Welsh Winter Courses, and to feel confident above the sno...........

Experience Required: summer hillwalking

Cost and Duration: £750 (5 Days)

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Scottish Winter Hillwalking (Women's Course)

Scottish winter hillwalking will introduce you to the delights and rewards of walking in the winter hills. With our experienced and enthusiastic instructors you will have the opportunity to explore th...........

Experience Required: Days in the winter hills can be long so you should have summer walking fitness but more important is the enthusiasm and determination to discover what is out there. No previous experience on snow is necessary.

Cost and Duration: £750 (5 Days)

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Scottish Winter Mountaineering

To tackle the more challenging peaks of Glencoe and Lochaber in winter requires a full array of mountaineering skills. This course aims to turn the dedicated hillwalker into a true 'mountaineer', comb...........

Experience Required: summer mountaineering and a good level of fitness.

Cost and Duration: £800 (5 Days)

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Scottish Winter Mountaineering (Women's Course)

This course aims to turn the keen hillwalker into a mountaineer, combining practical instruction with journeying up and down some of the finest mountaineering terrain in the UK. We will be ascending t...........

Experience Required: Experience with axe and crampons would be very useful on this course, as would a good level of summer hill walking fitness. This will help you to get the most out of the week and to cope with what at times, can be challenging conditions. The days can be long and demanding but as with all our winter courses enthusiasm and determination are the key. This course is ideal for those people who have previously attended a Scottish Winter Hillwalking course.

Cost and Duration: £800 (5 Days)

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Advanced Scottish Winter Mountaineering

This course aims to further advance your winter mountaineering skills, combining practical instruction with ascents of many of the finest summits in the Western Highlands. Over the week we will contin...........

Experience Required: Attended a our Scottish Winter Mountaineering course or gained similar experience

Cost and Duration: £820 (5 Days)

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Scottish Introduction to Winter Climbing

Winter climbing in Scotland offers rewards and challenges comparable with the best anywhere in the world. From a revision of the basic skills, to more advanced skills for steeper ground, you'll make r...........

Experience Required: winter mountaineering experience and competency with an ice and crampons on easy terrrain

Cost and Duration: £960 (5 Days)

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Scottish Introduction to Winter Climbing (Women's Course)

Course Director - Sam Leary Winter climbing in Scotland offers rewards and challenges comparable with the best anywhere in the world. Guided by our enthusiastic and experienced instructors you...........

Experience Required: A good level of fitness and the ability to use an axe and crampons is essential. Summer rock climbing and some rope work skills are useful. Enthusiasm to get stuck in to the challenges of winter climbing is the main pre requisite. The course is suited to those who have already attended a Scottish Winter Mountaineering course and wish to experience climbing on steeper terrain with two axes.

Cost and Duration: £960 (5 Days)

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Scottish Classic Winter Climbs

Climb with the most experienced Guides and Instructors in Scotland. This superlative Winter Climbing experience aims to help you get the best from five days in Scotland. Our high staff to student rati...........

Experience Required: Experience of winter climbing on routes of grade II or above.

Cost and Duration: £990 (5 Days)

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James Brownhill Memorial Fund (Scottish Winter Mountaineering)

Scottish winter mountaineering for full-time students aged 18 or over. Many great mountaineers have learnt, and honed, their skills in the winter mountains of Scotland. To tackle the more challenging...........

Experience Required: No previous winter experience is required, but you should be fit summer hill walkers and realise that winter days in the western highlands often involve ascents from near sea level to 1000m.

Cost and Duration: £300 (5 Days)

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Scottish Performance Winter Climbs

People who have been on our Scottish Classic Winter Climbs often ask 'what's next?' Well here it is. More of the winning formula, with a 1:2 staff to guest ratio right through the week. Develop your w...........

Experience Required: experience of winter climbing on routes of grade III/IV or above.

Cost and Duration: £990 (5 Days)

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Mountain Leader Training (Winter)

This 6 day course, which is based on the MTS Winter Mountain Leader syllabus, covers all essential practical skills necessary for leading parties in the British hills in winter conditions. Applicants ...........

Experience Required: 

Cost and Duration: £595 (6 Days)

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Winter Mountain Leader Assessment Preparation

Open to Trainees and Holders of the Winter Mountain Leader Award, this intensive 2 day course serves both as an update for anyone whose training or assessment course was completed some time ago, and a...........

Experience Required: Open to Trainees and Holders of the Winter Mountain Leader Award

Cost and Duration: £335 (2 Days)

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Mountain Leader Assessment (Winter)

Candidates for Winter ML Assessment must hold the Summer ML and have attended a Winter ML training course. Candidates should be aware of the arduous and demanding nature of this 5 day assessment and p...........

Experience Required: 

Cost and Duration: £605 (5 Days)

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Mountaineering Instructor Certificate Training

This 5 day course covers the teaching and instructing of snowcraft and icecraft including ropework and placement of ice anchors. Topics such as short roping, personal movement, route choice and teachi...........

Experience Required: 

Cost and Duration: £735 (5 Days)

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Mountaineering Instructor Certificate Assessment Preparation

Open to Trainees and Holders of the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate Award, this intensive 2 day course serves both as an update for anyone whose training or assessment course was completed some ...........

Experience Required: Open to Trainees and Holders of the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate Award

Cost and Duration: £355 (2 Days)

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Mountaineering Instructor Certificate Assessment

Before attending you must have attended an MIC training course, have 10 logged days of winter party management post MIC training, have 5 logged days climbing at grade 2 or above post MIC training and ...........

Experience Required: 

Cost and Duration: £785 (4 Days)

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Can't find what you are looking for?

You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides from only £250 per day. They'll tailor the day to suit your aims and aspirations perfectly.
You can enjoy one to one coaching for that cost or if you get together as a group, depending on the activity, you can split that cost between up to 6 of you. If you are a group we can run one of the courses listed above on a date that suits you and your friends or you could just write your own agenda for a week or weekend and we'll price it up for you - with or without accommodation. What's more, just like out normal course fees, our private instructor hire charge covers all your equipment too.
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