Winter Climbing Training Course – Lochaber in Scotland
This course is designed to be an introduction to winter climbing. Lochaber in north-west Scotland is home to some of the country’s most famous climbing areas, like Ben Nevis, Glen Coe and Aonach Mor. It is also home to some of the best ice climbing in Scotland. On this course, you will experience the thrill and exhilaration of being out in the mountains in the winter, learning new skills in order to allow you to get the most out of your course.
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The difficulty of travelling in the mountains in the winter should not be underestimated and you will learn how to assess the conditions both underfoot and with respect to the weather, therefore making informed decisions as to the type of equipment you should use and the routes you should tackle. When everything goes to plan the results are manifold; the pleasure of being in the mountains on a crisp, sunny winter’s day with amazing views and the satisfaction of having completed a route is enormous.
This three day course is designed to give novice or intermediate winter climbers the chance to learn some new skills and brush up on old ones, enabling you to travel safely and enjoy your time in the mountains. Some prior winter hill walking experience is necessary, but if you feel rusty, then you can spend the first day refreshing your skills.
Quick Facts about Winter Climbing course – Lochaber
- Location: Fort William, Lochaber.
- Duration – 3 days, 3 nights.
- Course run by a holder of the Mountain Instructors Certificate, ratio of leader to client is 1:2.
- Meet on Thursday afternoon, finish Sunday afternoon.
- Trip possible from February through March.
- Comfortable hotel accommodation, with twin room bed and breakfast accommodation.
- We provide all technical equipment such as crampons, helmets and ice axes (except boots).
- Experience – some winter hill walking experience is necessary (but if you are rusty, then you can spend the first day refreshing your skills.
- Glasgow Airport transfers are available (for a supplement).
- Use of winter technical equipment except boots.
- Group first aid with qualified first aiders.
What would be learnt
Over the 3 days you will re-cap the essential winter skills like crampon work, use of ice axe, navigation and avalanche awareness. You will then learn new climbing skills whilst climbing some of the classic climbs of the Lochaber. Some of the skills covered will be movement technique, belaying skills, gear placements and climbing rope work. You can expect to climb routes between grade I and III over these 3 days depending on aspirations, conditions and past experience.
You should have lots of summer walking experience and at least some winter hill walking experience with crampons is necessary. In terms of fitness, the fitter you are the better as winter climbing is physical and mentally challenging – you should be prepared for long days in the cold mountains with a heavy rucksack.
We recommend that you follow a fitness plan in preparation for your challenge, an example of one will be sent to you when you have confirmed your booking.
Although the fitness plan we will send to you has been devised by a fitness professional, this is only provided as a guide and you should seek professional advice before starting your own fitness regime.
A detailed kit list will be issued once we confirm your booking.
This course can be booked for anytime in February until the end of March.
Minimum of number of two (2) people would be required for a trip to be confirmed
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