Join us on our guided West Coast Winter Summits course to sample some of the best mountains on the west coast of Scotland, under the guidance of our experienced, certified instructors. We will cover some aspects of training on this course but the emphasis is on guiding on some impressive mountains around Glen Coe, Mamores and the Grey Corries
Any technical equipment, crampons, ice axe and helmet is included in price
How to be efficient with your snow craft; focusing on efficient footwork; use of the ice axe for self-belay, step cutting and self arrest
Effectively planning your days in the mountains, using weather and avalanche forecasts
Appropriate choice and use of equipment and clothing suitable for winter hillwalking
Avalanche awareness/avoidance and its implications for safe route choice
Emergency procedures, digging shelters
Ascend some classic mountains in the west coast of Scotland
Due to the variety of winter 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 course. Below is a sample itinerary.
We meet and chat through the week ahead, and what people want to get from the five days. We then look at the weather and avalanche forecast and talk through the options. On the snow, we concentrate on good footwork and efficient movement, thinking about prevention is better than cure! Then we will look at what to do if we do take a slide.
This is what you have come for - ascents of major peaks in the west coast of Scotland. As always the objectives and the training areas will be weather and conditions dependent. The training focus will be on improving your core skills in the winter mountaineering environment. There will be a growing emphasis on your own ability to make decisions, whether it be about packing your bag, regulating your temperature or where to stop for a snack. Overall, you should expect to feel more confident and competent about mountaineering under your own steam and leave the course with more valuable experience under your belt.
> Bidean Nam Bian via the Lost Valley
> The Mamore Horseshoe from Kinlochmore
> The Ring of Steall from Glen Nevis
> Stob Coire Sgreamhach from Glencoe
> Carn Mor Dearg Arete to the summit of Ben Nevis (I)
✓ Highly experienced & qualified guide
✓ On-course transport
✓ Mountaineering axe
✓ 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
What else can we provide?
Reservation for boot hire
Pick up & drop-offs
Full trip info and kit list can be downloaded here
We understand that getting a quality nights sleep and being able to dry your equipment can make all the difference to the comfort and enjoyment of your course, so we have used some of the local youth hostels due to the fact they provide what we need well. The rooms are priced on a sharing basis, but we can also arrange private rooms and/or different accommodation if you wish.
DATES & PRICES
If you would prefer private guiding or instruction then please select your start date and book using our easy to use bookings system. Or if you have a larger group please enquire here.