Scottish Winter Ridges - 5 Day (5 Nights)
  • Scotland
  • 5 Days
  • 4 People to 1 instructor

Scottish Winter Ridges - 5 Day (5 Nights)

  • Climb
  • Mountaineering
  • Intermediate


 A week of exploring classic mountaineering ridges and gullies in the Scottish winter. 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, and 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. You arrive on Sunday evening in time for dinner and departure is on Friday after the course at about 5pm.

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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

We'll aim to cover the following topics by incorporating them into mountain journeys, taking in some of the major peaks via ridges and/or gullies:

Ice axe arrest techniques
Advanced winter navigation
Consolidating your proficiency in winter ropework skills and techniques
Avalanche risk assessment and avoidance
Terrain - we'll be tackling classic rocky ridgelines (up to Grade II) and snow gullies.
Winter mountaineering decision making


* 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

 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 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. You’ll stay at Alltshellach, a fantastic hotel owned and run by HF Holidays in comfy en-suite rooms (normally shared). The hotel has efficient drying rooms so when you come in from a day out you can dry out any kit for the next day and there are also laundry facilities. Alltshellach also has a handy shop for any little essentials you may have forgotten such maps, poles, socks, gaiters, sit mats, postcards and a range of toiletries.

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

More experienced in moving through the mountains in winter conditions.

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