PERFORMANCE WINTER CLIMBING

Synergy Guides offer a bespoke service which means working closely with you to ensure a personal itinerary is established. The itinerary below is an example of previous client adventures in Performance Winter Climbing and is purely written to inspire and allow an idea of what to expect from your Instructor whilst climbing advanced Scottish winter routes.

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3 day Performance Winter Climbing Itinerary

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. This will differ for each participant yet almost certainly we will spend a reasonable amount of time discussing avalanche avoidance and sorting through equipment.

(Example Itinerary based on previous participants)

Day 1

0745 – Check equipment ready for a day in the winter mountains. Discuss what equipment we are going to take with us and be distribute equipment amongst participants such as ropes and climbing hardware.

0800 – Discuss the prevailing conditions and suitable objectives based on the be Avalanche Aware process and previous winter climbing experience.

Performance Winter Climbing 1

0800 – Travel to the chosen location. This can be a multitude of venues depending on aspirations and importantly the avalanche forecast. Typical crags for excellent grade IV+ winter routes include Stob Coire nan Lochain and Buachaille Etive Mor in Glencoe and the North Face of Ben Nevis. 

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

1000 – 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, weather conditions and your ability to operate in what can be adverse weather conditions. Typical routes which might be climbed are Tower Ridge, Castle Ridge, Scabbard Chimney, North Buttress and/or many others.

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

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 discuss the Be Avalanche Aware platform and using a dynamic risk assessment to decide on suitable routes to climb at the desired grade.

1000 – Climb classic winter routes such as North East Buttress, Green Gully, Crest Route and/or many others.

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 3 – finish on a high!

0800 – Discuss the avalanche forecast and prevailing weather conditions to decide on a suitable climbing venue. 

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 at the desired grade.

1000 – Climb ambitious winter routes such as Point Five Gully, Orion Face Direct, The Pumpkin, Gargoyle Wall, West Chimney and/or many others.

1600 / 1730 – The day and week will finish with any questions you have about your 3 days of winter 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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