Introduction To Scottish Winter Mountaineering
  • Scotland
  • 2 Days
  • 6 People to 1 instructor

Introduction To Scottish Winter Mountaineering

  • Hike
  • Mountaineering
  • Beginner


A weekend introduction to Scottish Winter Mountaineering, designed to give you the skills to venture on to steeper ground and tackle more technical objectives such as winter ridges. We will introduce you to the skills you need to take on winter scrambling up to grade I/II on Britain’s mountains, such as core winter movement skills using axe and crampons in ascent and descent, rope work and belaying, constructing and using snow anchors, and winter navigation to name some.

Our friendly, highly experienced instructors will help you hone your skills over the weekend on steeper snow and winter scrambling terrain. An evening avalanche lecture will help you to improve your knowledge of safe travel in the winter environment.

This course will be delivered from our scenic winter base in Scotland, the Alltshellach hotel in North Ballachulish.


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The Objectives

To introduce you to the technical skills to tackle winter ‘scrambling’ type terrain, up to grade I/II on Britain’s mountains.

The main topics to be covered are:

• Re-visiting core winter movement skills using axe and crampons in ascent and descent
• Movement over grade I winter snow and ‘scrambling’ type terrain.
• Basic rope work and belaying using the rope alone as well as with a sling and carabiner
• Constructing and using snow anchors (such as buried axe, snow bollard and deadman)
• Selecting and using natural rock anchors
• Abseiling using snow anchors
• Avalanche awareness and risk assessment and its implications for safe route choice
• Winter navigation

Evening sessions will be flexible to meet the needs of the group but may include a winter navigation talk or avalanche awareness talk.


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

Given the nature of this course, 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 morning briefing on both days, allowing you to share the decision-making process with experienced instructors.

Experience Required

 Winter walking experience is essential; you should be comfortable in the use of crampons and an ice axe. You will also ideally have some experience of scrambling in summer.

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.

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.

Your instruction, accommodation, meals, in-course transport and equipment hire are all included in the price.

What do I need to bring?
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How should I prepare?
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