Scottish Winter Ridges Weekend
  • Scotland
  • 2 Days
  • 3 People to 1 instructor

Scottish Winter Ridges Weekend

  • Climb
  • Mountaineering
  • Specialise
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Overview

A weekend of exploring classic mountaineering ridges and gullies in the Scottish winter. You'll be guided up some classic mountaineering routes in the Western Highlands by our friendly, highly qualified instructors. Over the weekend, they’ll work with you to hone your skills 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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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:

  • 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
  • Mountaineering decision making,

Your mountain days will hopefully take in some of the major peaks via ridges and/or gullies, but this will be dependent on the weather and snow conditions. Final decisions will be taken by your course instructor on each day, but they will involve you in the process to help shape your decision-making abilities.

Itinerary

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


Experience Required

You should have completed our Scottish Winter Mountaineering course, or have had 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 demands of a weekend out in the Scottish mountains and you'll be fit enough for two full mountain 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. 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.

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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Length
2 Days
Start Date
22nd February, 2020
Spaces left
2
Cost
£370
Length
2 Days
Start Date
14th March, 2020
Spaces left
2
Cost
£370
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