Welsh Winter Mountaineering
  • Plas y Brenin
  • 5 Days
  • 4 People to 1 instructor

Welsh Winter Mountaineering

  • Hike
  • Mountaineering
  • Intermediate


Exploring the mountains in winter is an exciting challenge, and ultimately a very rewarding one. The feeling of reaching a peak having navigated varied, icy and snowy terrain is like no other and offers summit views that are unbeatable.

If you're a summer hillwalker and you want to extend your skills to all four seasons and access these moments, Welsh Winter Mountaineering is the course for you. On your five days with us you'll make the most of the unpredictable weather experienced during the winter months and learn alongside our friendly, highly experienced instructors.

You'll develop your skills in winter navigation, ropework for travel over rock, snow and ice, and cover emergency bivouacking skills as well as learning the use and choice of ice axe and crampons.

Kit: Don’t worry about having all the kit, as whilst you’ll need to bring your own personal essentials (like your toothbrush), you can arrange to hire more technical, specialist kit like an ice axe, crampons, winter mountaineering boots and a helmet, from the Plas y Brenin equipment store.

Kit hire is included in the price shown, subject to availability, and is sourced from leading manufacturers and checked to the latest safety requirements. You’ll find a comprehensive equipment list below.

Included in the price: Five nights’ accommodation on a bed, breakfast and evening meal* basis, plus packed lunches on course days. Expert instruction, kit hire, in-course transport, use of the on-site facilities and the all-important Wi-Fi password.

Provision of accommodation begins on the night prior to the start of the course and is not included on the final evening. *Dinner is not provided on the evening prior to the start of the course, nor on the final day of your course. Subject to availability and at an additional cost, extra meals and accommodation can be provide.

We are hugely experienced in preparing delicious meals for a wide range of requirements. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

Age restrictions: The minimum participation age for this course is 14 years. Details about the required consents, permissions and the legal responsibilities of parent/guardian(s) can be found here https://www.pyb.co.uk/terms-conditions/

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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 5 fantastic days of practical learning out in Snowdonia National Park.
- You'll become confident enough to extend your walking and scrambling skills into a year-round pursuit.
- You’ll learn all the safety skills and considerations you need to feel confident mountaineering in winter.


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

What to Expect

We'll plan the itinerary in line with your needs and aspirations, and depending on where the best conditions are to be found. There will be five good days 'on the hill'. Expect to cover the use of crampons and ice axe in steeper terrain, exposed climbs on ridges, emergency techniques, including snow shelters, some basic use of the rope, avalanche awareness and using weather forecasts to plan your journeys. Plus, you’ll get all the fresh air and wellbeing that the great outdoors delivers naturally.

Experience Required

You should have done some summer hillwalking, and be keen to get stuck into some wintery walks.

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.

You’ll be supported by our friendly, qualified and exceptionally well-trained staff, who love sharing their knowledge and experience. You’ll have lots of fun, and be encouraged to challenge yourself, in line with your own personal skills and capabilities. Plus we’ll support you to formulate an action plan for your next stage development. Rise to your sense of adventure, in the great outdoors, knowing we have your absolute safety and wellbeing in mind.

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

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5 Days
Start Date
22nd February, 2021
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This course will help you become

confident to get out in the mountains in snowy conditions safely.

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COVID-19Due to the current Covid-19 situation, all courses scheduled to take place up to and including Friday 19 February 2021 have been cancelled in line with lockdown restrictions.