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(Private) Guided Winter Climbing

Develop Your Winter Climbing Techniques with our Experienced Instructors


Kev climbing Ben Nevis on Waterfall Gully

Kev climbing Ben Nevis on Waterfall Gully

Is It For Me? Course Pre Requisites

Based here at the Ice Factor this course will be focused on the classic winter climbing areas around Glencoe and Ben Nevis.

All our winter climbing courses here at the Ice Factor are run on a private bespoke basis allowing us to tailor them to your requirements

To get the most out these courses you should have some experience of summer rock climbing and winter hill walking (including using an axe and crampons) and the hill fitness for consecutive days on the hill.

Winter climbing is only offered on a private bespoke basis.

All Winter courses here at the Ice Factor can be offered as Private guiding either as a private option of a course we already offer if maybe the fixed dates don’t suit or as a completely bespoke offering tailored to your needs be it a refresher on Ice Axe arresting or a day climbing that classic route you have always wanted. Please feel free to call us at the centre on 01855 831100 to discuss private guiding options.

Call us on 01855 831100 to discuss your requirements.

Course Aims

Our winter climbing courses are all bespoke to allow the instructor to focus on your needs, whether that is gaining your first steps on steep ice, leading in winter for the first time or perhaps you have in mind a classic route that you wish to attempt. Our Instructors will tailor the course to you. We recommend a Instructor/student ratio of no more than 1:2 for this course 1:3 is possible but will restrict the routes and options available.

Course Content

Your instructor will speak to you prior to the course to give you an opportunity to discuss everyone’s experience and aspirations enabling the instructor to plan the programme based around these. Depending on your requirements we could cover the following areas.

  • Recap of core winter skills, such as using ice axe and crampons, for approaching climbs
  • Climb classic routes in Glencoe and Ben Nevis such as Crowberry Gully, Orion Direct, Point 5 Gully and Tower Ridge
  • Basic/advanced rope work and anchor selection (snow, ice, rock and turf) and belaying both leader and second
  • Use of technical ice tools and crampons on a variety of mediums (rock, ice, snow, turf)
  • Coaching to develop personal climbing technique on ice and mixed ground
  • Escaping from winter multi pitch climbs (including abseiling from a variety of anchors).
  • Use of the Ice Factor’s indoor Ice Wall (The largest in the world) in order to improve climbing technique.
  • Avalanche awareness and its implications for safe route choice.

The programme is fairly flexible taking into account individual needs and aims, weather, etc.

Course Costs

You will usually be in a group of no more than two with one instructor.

Private Guiding Price Per Day
1 Person£200
2 Persons£220
3 Persons£240
4 Persons£260
5 Persons£280
6 Persons£300

Call us on 01855 831100 to discuss your requirements.


Ready to take your winter climbing skills to the next level?

Complete the enquiry form below or call us on 01855 831100.

Teaching, coaching and development

Instruction, Coaching and Development are provided by Ice Factor Ltd.

Our objectives include;

  • To provide training and tuition to the public in relation to mountain sports, including mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, hill walking and other affiliated mountain sports.
  • To foster and develop amongst the public, skills in relation to mountain sports
  • To promote safety and awareness of mountain environments to the public
  • To provide education to the public in relation to mountain sports

Can’t find a date or time to suit? 

Give our friendly team a wee call on 01855 831100 anytime between 9am-6pm as we often have additional availability on site. 

Have a great day. We look forward to hearing from you! 

The Ice Factor Team