learning to lead winter climbing course

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Winter climbing courses

Winter climbing courses

Winter climbing courses

Winter climbing courses

Why should I do a Learning to lead winter climbing course with Climb365?

Our learning to lead climbing course is a 5 day winter course designed to give you all the skills you need to feel confident to start winter climbing on your own.

We begin the learning to lead winter course by taking you winter climbing. We give you a day to get back into winter climbing, usually we try and climb a route harder than you will be leading and coach your movement.

We use this to allow you to relax into winter climbing and teach you all the rope work and routine of winter climbing in an environment where you are not worried about leading. We also cover some basic winter skills instruction so that you are aware of the hazards and feel confident getting to the bottom of climbs.

Secondly on the learning to lead course, you will lead easy winter gullies and routes where you can learn about climbing safely without worrying about falling off.
The learning to lead course is very flexible. You can move on to climb harder routes if you wish or continue to climb easier routes where you feel comfortable.
While you are learning to lead we will be climbing along side you to discuss gear placement and the process of climbing.

Course programme

The night before: We’ll meet up with you and all the other learning to lead climb course participants and run through the kit that you have, issue hired kit and discuss what you need to carry for each day.

Learning to lead winter day 1:

Guided winter climbing. Skills learnt include techniques for winter climbing, belaying, tying into anchors, rope management, removing protection and climbing calls. The day is designed to make you feel comfortable with winter climbing.

Learning to lead winter day 2:

Learning to lead. You will have a go at leading, if you feel confident, on a grade 2 gully or ridge. The climbing is easy and we can spend time discussing placing protection, managing the rope and belay stance management.

Learning to lead winter day 3:

Consolidation of the skills learnt the day before and introduction of other climbing skills i.e. using crampons not only on steep snow but hard ice and on rock, turf etc; using the axe in ice, cracks and on rock or turf. We aim to climb mixed buttress routes as well as more pure ice..

Learning to lead winter day 4:

Development of route finding and guide books; the placement and removal of pegs as protection.

Learning to lead winter day 5:

Introduction of some specific ice climbing skills including placing and removing ice screws, ice belays and techniques for ice climbing.

Throughout the learning to lead winter week, we will discuss the avalanche and weather forecast and make decision about the routes to climb based on this. We also look at the hazards of getting to the bottom of winter routes safely.

The future plans:

We offer recommendations for your improvement and route suggestions to allow you to get the most out of your time in the Scottish mountains.

The order of the learning to lead winter days 3-5 may change as a result of weather and avalanche forecasts.

The learning to lead course is run on a maximum 1 instructor to 2 client ratio.

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.

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 day course
Walking axe supplied free as part of the course
Technical axe and hammer £10 per day or £40 per 5 day course.

Dates

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.

Monday to Friday

2nd to 6th Jan
9th to 13th Jan
16th to 20th Jan
23rd to 27th Jan
3oth Jan to 3rd Feb
6th to 10th Feb
13th to17th Feb
20th to 24th Feb
27th Feb to 3rd March
7th to 11th March
14th & 18th March
20th & 24th March

If you don’t see dates that suit, you can book privately on dates arranged for you.

Learning to lead winter climbing course price:

All our courses for 2017 are being run as follows:
Prices are per day per instructor/guide.

1:1 £220
1:2 £240
1:3 £260

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 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.

We help you with the arrangements of getting your trip organised.

Go to our booking page and follow the easy steps to booking your course.

Please call or email us to chat through any questions and we are really looking forward to meeting you on your course.