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WINTER LEAD CLIMBING INTRO
Aviemore, Cairngorms, Scotland
Moderate - 5
Min: 2 Max: 2
Our Intro to winter lead climbing course is designed to help people take the step to becoming an independent winter climber; we will give you the skills and techniques to become confident competent on climbs around grade II+. We focus on route choice, efficient movement & technique, safe and appropriate anchor selection, rope and stance management, avalanche avoidance; while tackling some classic, easier climbs along the way. Having summer trad lead climbing and some winter climbing experience is essential for this course to allow us to get the most out of the 2 days.
Highlights for Winter Lead Climbing Intro
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 axe on approach to climbs
Appropriate gear selection and use, inc the use of ice screws
Retreating from multi-pitch climbs demonstrating the use of a variety of anchors
Coaching on technique and movement for Ice/Mixed terrain
Use of technical axes and crampons, inc care and maintenance
Avalanche awareness/avoidance and its implications for safe route choice
✓ Highly experienced & qualified guide
✓ Technical Ice axes
✓ Any climbing hardware i.e. slings, carabiners, wires etc
✓ Group shelter
✓ First Aid kit
✓ Photos from your course
What's not Included?
✗ Course Insurance
✗ Winter Boots (we can arrange rental at Tisos)
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
What else can we provide?
Reservation for boot hire
Dates & Prices
Group booking are now even simpler, you can book with just a name, email address and contact number, fill out the group details at a later date.
We offer private guiding and instruction on all of our courses. You can either book here or if it's for an expedition then please contact us for a quote.
Our passion is delivering a world class experience, we are here to help you explore beyond the guidebooks whilst achieving your goals and ambitions.
If you have any questions, get in touch with the team and we'll be happy to help.
Available for new bookings
We still have spaces on our 5 day courses, click the link to check the dates.
We don't have any available dates for this trip at the moment, but if you would like to register some interest then fill out your details and we will notify you if any spaces become available.
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Due to the variety of weather conditions encountered in Scotland this course is run with a conditions based approach, meaning that your instructor/guide will use the best of conditions to maximise safety, your learning and overall experience throughout your trip. Below is a sample itinerary.
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The team here at SRW can tailor a trip to suit your time and budget for as little as £300pd for private tuition/guiding, this includes all technical equipment. If your part of a group we can chat through options & prices. We're here to help you book the trip of a lifetime! Drop us an email or call us