INTRODUCTION TO WINTER CLIMBING

Synergy Guides offer a bespoke service which means working closely with you to ensure a personal itinerary is established. We also work on Private Guiding basis so you can decide how many days to run your course over. The itinerary below is an example of previous client adventures and is purely written to inspire and allow an idea of a suitable progression for an Introduction to Winter Climbing in Scotland.

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Intro to Winter Climbing Scotland

The progression from winter walking to winter climbing can be tricky without a little guidance from a profesional. Allow us to provide an Intro to Winter Climbing by taking you through the steps to be a safer and more efficient mountaineer.

  • Climb graded winter routes from Scottish I – III
  • Learn about safe travel and avalanche avoidance
  • Learn to lead your first winter climb
  • Book any number of days that suit you and your team

Challenge yourself this winter acompanied by a friendly & fully qualified mountain profesional – join Synergy Guides.

What to expect…..

(Example 5 day Itinerary base on previous participants)

Initially, you will speak with your Instructor a few days prior to the start date. At which time you can agree to a suitable morning meet time, inform them of any kit requirements you have for the duration of your stay and agree on the planned content of your guided winter climbing days.

Content will differ for each group depending on the focus yet almost certainly we will spend a good portion of time discussing avalanche avoidance and the differences of winter equipment.

Introduction to Winter Climbing

Day 1

0745 – Fit and check equipment ready for a day in the winter mountains. Discuss what equipment we are going to take with us and be advised on the specialist winter equipment your instructor might take. Distribute equipment amongst the group.

0800 – Discuss and explain how we use the avalanche forecast and recent weather patterns to decide on a suitable climbing venue. This includes a looking at different weather forecasts and the SAIS Be Avalanche Aware resource.

0815 – Travel to the chosen location. This can be a multitude of venues depending on aspirations and importantly the avalanche forecast. Typical reliable learning venues include Stob Coire nan Lochain in Glencoe, The North Face of Ben Nevis and Sgorr Dearg above Ballachulish.

0845 – Arrive at the location and walk in which can take up to 2 hours. Expect to be learning about weather conditions, discussing the Be Avalanche Aware platform and using a dynamic risk assessment to decide on suitable routes to climb.

1030 – The main part of your day is focussed on the initial plan laid out with your booking and your morning discussion. Your instructor will tailor this to meet your aspirations, manage snow conditions and your ability to operate in what can be adverse weather conditions. Typical routes which might be climbed are NC Gully, Ledge Route, Schoolhouse Ridge and West Gully DG Boulder.

1430 / 1545 – Expect to be walking out from the venue at a suitable time. Our aim is to ensure we have enough energy for a full week of climbing so in poor weather earlier finishes are not uncommon as are late finishes if it looks possible a shorter day will be required later in the week due to poor weather. 

1600 / 1730 – The day might finish with a discussion about any learning points and a plan is proposed for the next morning. This is usually done with the aid of updated weather and avalanche forecasts.

Day 2 & 3

0800 – Discuss the avalanche forecast and prevailing weather conditions to decide on a suitable climbing venue. This includes a looking at different weather forecasts and the SAIS Be Avalanche Aware resource. If you are keen to ‘learn for yourself’ your instructor will encourage your input as to where YOU think is a suitable location for the day of climbing.

0830 – Arrive at the location and walk into the venue which can take up to 2 hours. Expect to be learning about weather conditions, discussing the Be Avalanche Aware platform and using a dynamic risk assessment to decide on suitable routes to climb.

1000 – Action any learning points from the previous day. Climb great introductory winter routes such as Curved Ridge, Aonach Eagach, East Ridge of Stob Ban and Golden Oldie.

1600 / 1730 – The day might finish with a discussion about any learning points and a plan is proposed for the next morning. This is usually done with the aid of updated weather and avalanche forecasts.

Day 4

0800 / 1600 – Depending on weather conditions and fitness levels this day might be used to head inside to the Ice Factor. Here we can teach steeper ice climbing technique, dry tooling and even building belays all under a roof and out of the elements. Other accessible venues that are outside to do a similar day include the Onich Slabs and Ballachulish Bridge for dry tooling and Glen Nevis for teaching climbing and/or learning about introductory climbing rope work. Previously there has been time for a small presentation about climbing equipment and developing participants map reading skills. 

Intro winter climbing

Day 5 – finish on a high!

0800 – Discuss the avalanche forecast and prevailing weather conditions to decide on a suitable climbing venue. As always this includes a looking at different weather forecasts and the SAIS Be Avalanche Aware resource.  By now your instructor will actively seek any knowledge you will have learnt over the 4 days to decide on a suitable location to climb.

0830 – Arrive at the location and walk into the venue which can take up to 2 hours. Expect to be discussing weather conditions and the Be Avalanche Aware platform whilst using a dynamic risk assessment to decide on suitable routes to climb.

1000 – Action any learning points from the previous days. Climb great classic routes such as Good Friday Climb, Left Twin, Twisting Gully, Castle Ridge and/or many others.

1600 / 1730 – The day and week will finish with any learning points and questions you have about your 5 days of climbing. If required this day can be cut short or adjusted to suit an early escape if your travel plans dictate. 

Number of People Rate Per Day
1 £210
2 £230
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