2-Day Introduction to Winter Mountaineering in Glen Coe

£ 350

Glen Coe, Ballachulish

2-Day Introduction to Winter Mountaineering in Glen Coe
Minimum age: 18
Glen Coe, Ballachulish
Max. group size: 4
Cancellation: Strict
£ 350

Activity Highlights:

This comprehensive two-day adventure is designed to enhance your mountaineering skills. Ideal for those with winter hill walking experience in Scotland, this course is perfect if you’re looking to challenge yourself on steeper terrains such as gullies, headwalls, and rocky ridges. With a friendly and supportive approach, we ensure an enriching learning experience that bridges the gap between winter walking and climbing.

Key Details

  • Duration: 2 full days
  • Availability: January – April
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Meeting Point: 8.30am at a pre-arranged location in Glen Coe
  • Distance: 8 – 10 km/day
  • Mountaineering Time: 6-7 hours per day
  • Summit: Varies depending on conditions
  • Group Size: 2-4 participants

Key Skills

Throughout the course, you’ll learn vital skills for navigating winter terrains safely. These include:

  • Movement on snow and ice using axes and crampons.
  • Rope safeguarding for ascents and descents on steep grounds.
  • Constructing snow and rock anchors.
  • Planning a mountaineering day, including equipment requirements. 
  • Safe route choice and navigation.
  • Advanced crampon and ice axe techniques.
  • Basic rope work for steep terrain.
  • Skills for ascending graded routes, ridges, and gullies.
  • Assessing avalanche risks.

What to Expect

Each day is filled with practical lessons and exercises aimed at building your confidence and skills in winter mountaineering. You’ll be guided through various mountain areas to practice a range of winter skills under different conditions.

Location

Our courses are conducted in the scenic Glen Coe, a location renowned for its stunning landscapes and challenging terrains, perfect for winter mountaineering.

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included in this course, allowing you the flexibility to choose lodgings that suit your preferences and budget.

Prerequisites

Participants should have prior winter hill walking experience and be physically fit to handle challenging terrains.

Why Choose Us?

Our course is led by Andy Spink, an experienced Instructor and Guide with over 30 years in the field. Andy’s vast experience in various mountain ranges, including the Himalayas, South America, the European Alps, and the UK, guarantees a rich learning experience. With small group sizes, you’re assured personalised attention and a safe learning environment. Our focus is not just on teaching but empowering you to become an independent adventurer with sound decision-making skills in challenging conditions.

We are passionate about the natural world and its beautiful wild places. We have a deep respect and appreciation for the environment and a love for adventure and silent human-powered sports.

Join us for an unforgettable journey into the heart of Scottish winter mountaineering! Book online now to secure your place.

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What's Included:

  • Experienced & qualified AMI guide
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Helmet
  • All climbing equipment

What's Not Included:

  • Winter mountaineering boots - crampon compatible
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm clothing
  • Hat and gloves
  • Lunch
  • Accommodation
  • Transport

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Please bring the following with you. Please avoid cotton clothing:

  • Winter mountaineering boots – crampon compatible
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Wool socks
  • Base layer
  • Gloves – plus spares
  • Lightweight fleece
  • Warm hat – plus spare
  • Fleece or soft-shell jacket
  • Spare fleece / warm top
  • Trousers – synthetic that dry quickly
  • Lunch, snacks and liquid
  • Waterproof jacket with hood

As part of planning our adventures we follow the mountain weather forecasts closely.

If the guides decide that the weather represents an unacceptable level of risk an alternative destination will be decided upon and communicated.

There are 282 mountains in Scotland over 914m / 3000ft. We are in these mountains year-round exploring and guiding clients to summits in wild and remote locations.

These are boots designed specifically for mountaineering in snow, rock and ice conditions.

They are also crampon-compatible which is required for our winter mountaineering trips. If you are not sure please just contact us or the adventuro team via the live chat. We can also provide you with winter mountaineering boots if required and requested in advance.

If you are interested in a custom adventure for you and your group, there is flexibility on age limits. Please message the adventuro team via the live chat, who will be happy to facilitate this arrangement.

Along with our Public Liability insurance, we are continually building on our qualifications. As a team, we have the following qualifications, so you can be sure you are in the right hands for whatever you are doing with us: Mountain Leader (Winter); Mountain Leader (Summer); ASI SUP Instructor Trainer/Assessor; SLSGB Trainer/Assessor; Single Pitch Award (rock climbing); Trail Cycle Leader (mountain biking); SLSGB Surf Lifeguard; SLSGB Coasteering Safety and Rescue; ASI SUP Instructor Level 3; ASI Surf Instructor Level 2; HSE First Aid Certificate; Scottish Field Archery Association Leader; Neural Linguistic Programming Practitioner Certificate; PDA in Youth Work; Mountain Instructor Award (training).

We hold an Adventure Activity License. This allows participants under the age of 18 to take part in an activity with us without parental/guardian supervision. Please note, a parent or guardian will be required to sign a declaration form before the activity. 

For coasteering, The National Coasteering Charter (NCC) is an advisory membership organisation providing coasteering companies and guides with support and advice as well as the benchmark for safety for this activity. Our guides are highly experienced and run Coasteering Guide Workshops for other providers of coasteering using the NCC guides framework. You can’t find better-skilled or more experienced guides in the area. We are the people the guides come to learn from.

ASI [Academy of Surf Instructors] is the world’s leading professional membership organisation and international governing body for instructors, coaches and schools in the outdoor recreation industry for surfing, stand up paddle boarding and body boarding. We are an accredited ASI school and instructor training centre, this means our instructors are of the highest possible professional standards. ASI creates and sets the international standards and continuously investigates and researches industry practices and liaises with the industry itself and government departments around the world, to ensure we are at the leading edge for the provision of education, accreditation, standards and safe practices, and with respect and harmony with nature.

All our adventures take place in the mountains and ocean so a level of fitness is required. We also like to make our adventures accessible to a wide variety of clients. 

For all our mountain adventures we use the following grade system:

  • Easy: Easier treks, mostly on well-defined paths, with no special difficulties.
  • Easy/Moderate: Slightly harder treks. Paths may be indistinct, navigation skills required.
  • Moderate: Moderate mountaineering. Terrain will be steep, map reading skills essential. This grade includes the most straightforward and popular Mountains over 3000 feet / 914 meters [Munros].
  • Challenging: Harder mountaineering. Can include longer treks and pathless sections calling for more careful navigation. There may be scree and minor scrambling. This grade is quite broad and includes the bulk of Mountains over 3000 feet / 914 meters [Munros].
  • Strenuous: Tough by mountaineering standards; these routes can be very arduous or include trickier scrambling. This grade includes the hardest or most strenuous Mountains over 3000 feet / 914 meters [Munros].

In the ocean, clients should be confident in cold water and full immersion – and be able to swim 15m.

All our adventures are continually risk assessed as part of our planning and professional procedures. This assessment is also integrated into our insurance process.

As a responsible and ethical adventure company we are committed to the wild and natural environment we work in. We strive to put the planet first in everything we do.

We recognise that a love for our beautiful wild places demands active participation in the fight to save them. This is of course a dynamic process and we are always striving to minimise our impact in, educate our clients on and improve our contribution towards, our natural environment. 

We align as partners with adventuro, who are a net-zero company from day-one, partnering with Rewilding Britain to protect our playground.

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  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost.
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost.
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  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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