Advanced Scottish Winter Mountaineering
  • Scotland
  • 5 Days
  • 4 People to 1 instructor

Advanced Scottish Winter Mountaineering

  • Hike
  • Mountaineering
  • Advanced


You've already completed the Scottish Winter Mountaineering Course (or you've got similar experience), and you want to develop and consolidate your skills and experience even further. You'll advance your winter mountaineering skills with a combination of practical instruction from our friendly, highly experienced instructors and ascents of many of the finest summits in the Western Highlands. We'll continue to hone your skills over the week on steeper snow and winter scrambling terrain. Refresh and improve your winter navigation and avalanche evaluation whilst undertaking big days out in the mountains. This course will be delivered from our scenic winter base in Scotland, the Alltshellach hotel in North Ballachulish.

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Can I book privately?

Yes. If you would like to book a private course then give us a call to discuss your needs.

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The Objectives

You'll have revisited and refined the essential skills of winter mountaineering whilst journeying on the larger mountains of the area to tackle some of the more challenging mountaineering routes and summits.


* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.

What to Expect

Venues and day to day activities are weather and snow-dependent and decisions regarding the exact day's programme will be decided by the course director each morning. The whole group will meet for a briefing, allowing you to share the decision making process with experienced instructors. We'll aim to cover the following topics by incorporating them into mountain journeys, hopefully taking in some of the major peaks

Use of ice axe and crampons

Ice axe arrest

Advanced winter navigation in more technical or steep ground

Avalanche risk assessment and avoidance

Emergency snow shelters/survival

Consolidating your proficiency in winter ropework skills and techniques

Terrain - we'll be tackling classic rocky gullies and ridgelines (Grade 2)

Mountaineering decision making

We'll also make full use of the evenings by offering a number of technical lectures which re-enforce and expand upon the daytime activities.

Experience Required

You should have completed our Scottish Winter Mountaineering Course (or have similar experience) and be confident in the use of crampons and ice axe. By this stage in your mountaineering career you will have a good understanding of the physical demand of five consecutive days out in the Scottish mountains and you'll be fit enough for five full mountain days. Be prepared for several days of over 1000m of ascent by the more challenging routes.

Why Choose Plas y Brenin?

Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.

If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself. We may also be able to arrange a transfer from Llandudno Junction train station, subject to availability. We would need a minimum of one week’s notice prior to your course start date – please contact reception to learn more.

When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.

What do I need to bring?
Equipment List
How should I prepare?
Preparation guide
Course Schedule

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This course will help you become

An experienced and competent winter mountaineer and ready for our Introduction to Scottish Winter Climbing course

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