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Winter Mountaineering

3 Day Winter Mountaineering Course

Is It For Me? Course prerequisites.

Develop an in-depth practical knowledge of all the skills required to tackle winter mountaineering terrain, up to grade II, on Britain’s mountains. It makes the assumption that you have good solid core winter movement skills e.g. use of an ice axe in both ascent/descent as well as crampons.


To get the most from this course previous summer scrambling experience would be useful. Previous winter walking experience (including use of axe and crampons) is essential.


Course Aims

To introduce you to the technical skills to tackle winter type terrain, up to grade II on Britain’s mountains. With the opportunity to climb some of the classic mountaineering routes of Glencoe and Ben Nevis.

Course Content

This course runs with a instructor / client ratio of no more than 1:4. Meeting your instructor on the evening before provides an opportunity to discuss everyone’s experience and aspirations enabling the instructor to plan the programme based around these. 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/II winter snow, ice and ‘scrambling’ type terrain.
  • Use of technical axes and introduction to easy climbing.
  • Climb classic routes like Ledge route and Dorsal arête, The Aonach Eagach and Curved ridge
  • Basic rope work and belaying using the rope alone as well as with a sling and krab,
  • 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 it’s implications for safe route choice.
  • Winter navigation


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



Throughout season 2016/2017 we will be running a number of fixed date open 3 day mountaineering courses. These will allow you to book on as individuals and join a group of a maximum of 4 people.



  • January 13th to 15th,
  • February 11th to 13th,
  • March 3rd to 5th


£250 per person please be aware that these courses need a minimum of 2 people to run and any that fail to reach this number may be cancelled.

If these dates do not suit or you wish to arrange a private booking all our courses are available as private guiding, please see our private guiding page for rates.


Ready to take your mountaineering skills to the next level?

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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