This course is suitable for anyone with some winter walking experience and who want to start the journey to becoming an independent and self sufficient winter climber. Each day we will climb a multi pitch winter route, using two axes and pitched climbing and you can expect to be on grade 1 – 3 routes during the course.


27th to 28th February 2021 – Aviemore

6th – 7th March 2021 – Aviemore

11th to 12th March 2021 – Aviemore

Cost – £240 per person non residential

Ratio 1:2

You will meet your instructor at 9am on your first morning to discuss aspirations and previous experience, followed by a quick equipment check

It will then be 2 full days in the mountains winter climbing. One of the luxuries of these course is that at 1:2 ratio the skills taught can be tailor to your needs and experience. During the course we will look to cover the following skills to help you on your journey to becoming a self sufficient winter climbing. 

  • Personal movement to steeper climbing terrain
  • Route selection and use of guidebooks
  • Climbing Ropework
  • Building belays and placing gear
  • Retreat or abseil access to winter climbing routes
  • Avalanche awareness
  • Winter Navigation

NB. Programme can change to suit weather, conditions and candidates 

Badaguish – Lodges and Wigwams, a wilde variate of accommodation options just outside Aviemore. 

Aviemore Youth Hostel – Well located and with a range of dorm rooms and private rooms. 

Old Bridge Inn Bunkhouse – Bunkhouse in Aviemore attached to a pub!

Newtonmore Hostel – A small hotel in Newtonmore close to the shops.

Oakwood Caravan and Camping Park – A campsite on the edge of Aviemore but with in walking distance of the the shops, restaurants and pub.

Glenmore Campsite – Campsite next to Loch Morlich

There are also many Hotels, B&B’s and AirBnB’s in and around Aviemore, Kingussie and Newtonmore, in fact too many to list here!

You should have some winter walking experience and ideally some summer climbing experience or winter mountaineering experience.

Winter climbing days can be physically demanding, you should have a good level of general fitness and be capable of carrying a full rucksack and completing a full day in the mountains covering around 15km and 800m of ascent.

If you have any questions about this please just get in touch.

You will need to provide your own hill walking clothing and equipment, any specific group kit and technical equipment we will provide. Once you have booked on the course you will be able to access a detailed kit list from the client resource page on this website as well as the Winter Mountain Leader specific resource page.