Winter Lead Climbing 5 days | Aviemore, Cairngorms, Scotland | Scottish Rock & Water

FROM £620




Aviemore, Cairngorms, Scotland


Moderate - 6


5 days


Min: 2 Max: 2


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Our five day winter lead climbing course is designed to help people take the step to become an independent winter climber; we will give you the skills and techniques to become more confident for winter ascents. We focus on route choice, efficient movement & technique, safe and appropriate anchor selection, rope and stance management, avalanche avoidance; while tackling some classics easier climbs along the way. Some previous winter climbing experience is essential, with some trad rock lead climbing experience being a bonus for this course.


Any technical equipment, crampons, ice axes, harness & helmet is included in the price

Effectively planning your days in the mountains, using weather and avalanche forecasts

Recap of core winter skills, such as efficient use of crampons and ice on approach to climbs

Basic ropework, belaying leader & second, how to attach to multi-point anchors with the rope

Retreating from multi-pitch climbs demonstrating the use of a variety of anchors

Coaching on technique and movement for Ice/Mixed terrain

Avalanche awareness/avoidance and its implications for safe route choice

Use of technical Ice axes and crampons, inc the importance of care and maintenance

What's included?

✓  Highly experienced & qualified guide

✓  On-course transport

✓  Crampons

✓  Technical Ice axes

✓  Harness

✓  Helmet

✓  Ropes

✓  Any climbing hardware i.e. slings, carabiners, wires etc

✓  Shovels

✓  Group shelter

✓  First Aid kit

✓  Photos from your course

What's not included?

✗  Course Insurance

✗  Winter Boots

What do I need to bring?

  • Quality waterproofs i.e. Gore-tex or similar 

  • B2-B3 style boots

  • Hat, waterproof gloves plus spares x 2 minimum

  • Winter walking socks

  • We advise wearing 2-3 thinner layers rather than one thick layer so you can adjust your temperature during the activity

  • 'Belay' type jacket

  • Wicking base layers, top & bottoms

  • Goggles, double clear lens recommended

  • Head torch, plus spare batteries

  • Balaclava and neck gaiter

  • Lunch & warm drink

  • Rucksack 30-40ltr

  • 4 season sleeping bag to snow hole if the conditions are favourable 

What else can we provide?

  • Reservation for boot hire

  • Pick up & drop-offs

  • Accommodation