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WINTER

GALLERY

Winter Mountaineering - the next step

 

This could be considered winter scrambling and often involves the 'grey area' between walking and climbing. Snowed up ridges and gullies, plus the introduction of rope technique are all on the menu!

We offer two courses, one for larger groups and this is a progression from winter walking onto steeper, more exposed terrain, for example some of the more 'airy' Munros. The other introduces simple but graded climbing ground for example Ledge Route, Fiacaill Ridge or the Forcan Ridge in Glen Shiel. Like everything we deliver nothing is set in stone, we create a package that is appropriate for you and your aspirations.

 

Can I do it?

Previous experience of winter walking is important and any summer scrambling experience would be beneficial. The effort required in winter is much greater than that of the summer equivalent. Loads are generally heavier and a typical day might involve 1000 metres of ascent and descent.

Course content - Mountaineering

 

 

Review of basic winter skills

 

Equipment for mountaineers

 

Planning, reading the ground and risk assessing

 

Movement technique and exposed terrain

 

Basic use of ropes for unplanned situations

 

Winter belays

 

Retreat and escape

 

 

Instructor to client ratio 1:4

 

 

 

 

Course content - Technical Mountaineering

 

 

Equipment for mountaineers

 

Planning, reading the ground and risk assessing

 

Movement skills and exposed terrain

 

Rope technique and simple climbing pitches

 

Retreat and escape

 

 

Instructor to client ratio 1:2