Why should I do a winter skills course with Climb365?
Winter skills course
Our winter skills courses are great fun and are a really enjoyable way to learn how to use crampons and an ice axe with a group of like-minded novices.
The winter skills course is run over 2 days.
Our aim for the winter skills course is to give you the skills and confidence you’ll need to tackle winter walking days.
During the winter skills course, we’ll teach you how and when to use crampons, techniques for walking on steeper slopes, ice axe arrest, step cutting, avalanche awareness and route choice skills.
No previous winter experience is needed for our winter skills course, however, a degree of hill fitness is ideal to get the most out of the course.
The night before: We’ll meet up with all the other winter skills course participants and run through the kit that you have, issue hired kit and discuss what you need to carry for each day.
Winter skills day 1:
Winter skills including walking on snow and ice, using crampons, step cutting, ice axe braking and basic avalanche awareness.
Winter skills day 2:
Mountain journey including more detailed avalanche awareness, route choice, emergency snow shelters and applying the skills learnt on day 1.
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.
The kit we provide.
Included in the price we provide a helmet and any ropes etc we might use.
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.
Winter skills 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
1 instructor to 4 clients £290
1 instructor to 5 clients £310
1 instructor to 6 clients £330
The max ratio is 1 instructor to 6.
However, if you book as a smaller group it can enable us to provide a more challenging route choice, particularly on day 2. You may wish to blend a two-day course with 1:6 on day 1 and then 1:3 on day two so that we can go roped winter mountaineering. We will arrange another instructor to work with us on day two.
There are many options but a group of six is a great size for covering all the skills of a two-day winter skills course
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 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.