Why should I do an ice climbing course with Climb365?
What does this course cover?
This is an excellent introduction to winter snow and ice climbing for those who have never winter climbed before.
We climb a mixture of ice routes and mixed routes. We will guide you and teach how to climb, focussing on giving you good movement skills. This course is aimed at those with little winter climbing experience but want to get stuck into some great winter ice climbing.
During this course, we normally climb routes from grade II to IV.
On day 1:
We will set off and go climbing, teaching you on the way. You will learn how to place the axes in the ice and how to use crampons in a climbing situation. We will vary the grade of routes depending on the course members attending.
On day 2:
At the end of the first day, we will chat through how you feel and make plans for the 2nd day. This offers you the best progression going into the 2nd day.
What do I need to have done before?
No previous winter experience is needed however if you have some winter walking and some summer scrambling and or climbing experience then that will help.
Where will the course run?
All our courses are run in the West Highlands including areas such as Ben Nevis, Aonach Mor, Glencoe, Creag Meagaidh.
Or based in the Cairngorms National Park.
As you are the one booking you can choose where your course will be and we can make suggestions where would be best. If you have routes that you really want to climb we will do our best to make your aspirations come true.
Please follow this link to suggestions for accommodation.
Kit we provide.
Included in the price we provide :
helmets, harnesses, climbing hard wear such as lead rack, ice screws, karabiners etc
If you have your own kit that’s great and of course you will prefer to use them but if you are flying or travelling by train to Scotland and space is a premium then feel free to use ours.
What do I need to bring?
You will need to bring clothing suitable for the demands of a Scottish winter, here is a Winter kit list for you to download and check through.
We often give advice to those buying new kit for the course. We know what works through experience and can advise you on the best kit for you prior to the course.
Kit hire prices:
If you don’t have the specific winter kit needed for the course you can hire it from us. We will arrange this for you when organising your place on the course.
Winter climbing/mountaineering boots are £15 per day
Crampons £10 per day or £40 per 5 days course
Walking axe supplied free as part of the course
We also supply free of charge Technical axe and hammer.
In the past, we have offered set course dates but have generally found that clients prefer dates that suit their diary.
Responding to this, we now offer this course on any 2 consecutive days to suit both your and our availability.
If you have the choice weekdays are quieter in the hills but many clients have busy lives and weekends suit.
This is no problem, just get in touch and we will dovetail you into the programme.
Ice climbing course price
Prices are shown as a day rate per instructor.
1 instructor to 1 client £230
1 instructor to 2 clients £250
1 instructor to 3 clients £270
The ideal ratio is 1 instructor to 2 climbers. However, we can guide as 1 instructor to 3 climbers but this does limit the grade and choice of the routes available.
All our courses are run in the West Highlands including areas such as Ben Nevis, Aonach Mor, Glencoe, Creag Meagaidh, or based in the Cairngorms.
As you are the one booking, you can choose and we can suggest where would be best or you might have some routes in mind that you would love to do.
If based over in the West look for Fort William if over in the Cairngorms (East) look for Aviemore: please follow this link to suggestions for accommodation.
You will need to travel to and from the course but we often can provide transport during the course.
You can simply book online and fill in the booking form all in one go.
We use world pay to make things safe and as easy as possible for you.
Once you have booked online, you will receive a confirmation email for your booking with all the arrangements for your activity.
If you are wanting to book an activity which starts within 48 hours of the booking date, please call us so that we can process your booking on the phone. This will ensure you don’t miss out and can have a great time on the activity.
If you would like to email or chat please don’t hesitate to get in touch.