• Scotland
  • 4 People to 1 instructor

  • Advanced
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Itinerary

* 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.

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 residential 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?
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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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