Performance Winter Climbing with Synergy Guides is all about quality and quantity. Our aim is to allow you to push your grade safely in the company of an experienced guide.

We have all been at the crossroads of improving our climbing grades. Sometimes it is difficult to get the experience needed to take the next step toward steep ice climbing or technical mixed climbing. This is your chance to learn from a local expert about the process of Performance Winter Climbing and achieving grade V and above. With this in mind, it is important to have substantial winter mountaineering experience or have completed an Intro to Winter Climbing course or equivalent. 

  • Climb graded winter routes from Scottish IV – VI+
  • Recap and refine safe approach techniques and avalanche awareness
  • Take an in-depth look at the kit and how it can help improve your grade
  • Master your mixed and steep ice climbing technique
  • Bespoke – book any number of days that suit you or your team

The amount of climbing we provide is totally up to you as our team works on a private guiding basis, so you can decide how many days you want to climb. For multi-day bookings, we provide great value for money by including free spare days to get the best climbing conditions.

Be assured, by booking with Synergy Guides you will receive a tailor-made itinerary depending on your aspirations, fitness and your group compatibility. We will undoubtedly have fun; our aim is to provide you with a Winter Climbing experience to savour and attain skills to build on for years to come.


If you have previous winter climbing experience and want the challenge of the next grade we are here to help. All of our Performance Winter Climbing instructors are WMCI (MIC) qualified or British Mountain Guides, but not only are we qualified and insured we are active and enthusiastic about our own winter climbing. We don’t have a big team but we do have a keen, experienced bunch of mountain guides available to take you on your next winter climbing adventure. If in doubt please get in touch.

Number of People Rate Per Day
1 £300
2 £350
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Performance Winter Climbing
Performance Winter Climbing

Performance Winter Climbing – What to expect

Initially, you will speak with your guide a few days prior to the start date. At which point you can agree to a suitable time to meet in the morning, inform them of any kit requirements you have for the duration of your stay and agree on the planned content of your Performance Winter Climbing days.

What to pack for Scottish Winter Climbing might be a defining factor in helping you achieve your next grade, with this in mind we will spend a little extra time in the morning discussing the use of specialist winter climbing ‘rack’ and distribute items amongst the team.

Discuss the most up to date avalanche forecast and recent weather patterns to decide on a suitable climbing venue. If you have booked a predetermined route there will be a consideration at this point as to whether it is viable, if not an alternative route can be climbed taking into account the current avalanche and weather forecast.

An example of Performance Winter Climbing routes are but is not limited to; Point Five Gully, Orion Face Direct, Crest Route, The Pumpkin, Tilt, Cutlass and West Chimney.

Essential Item Recommended 
Wicking base layers Patagonia Capilene Thermal Weight Zip-Neck Hoody
Thick winter weight socks Thorlo Mountaineering sock
Windproof trousers or thick thermal leggings Mountain Equipment Eclipse Pant
Fleece or synthetic mid-layer Patagonia Nano Puff
Waterproof and breathable jacket Patagonia Pluma / Rab Latok
Waterproof trousers with long boot zips Rab Latok Bib / Mountain Equipment Tupilak Pant
Warm hat
Two or three pairs of gloves Winter Glove Guide
Belay jacket Patagonia DAS Parka
B3 winter boots Scarpa Phantom Tech
Pair of technical axes Edelrid Rage Ice Tools
C3 crampons Black Diamond Stinger
Helmet Black Diamond Vision or Vector
Harness Black Diamond Technician
Ski Goggles Bolle / Julbo / Any with a good fit
Sunglasses and sun cream
35-40l Pack Black Diamond Speed / Arcteryx FL 30 or 40
Head torch Petzl or Black Diamond
Drinks bottle 1l
Optional Items Recommended
Headware Buff or Balaclava
Compass Silva Expedition
Map OS Map 41 & 43 / Harveys Ben Nevis & Glencoe
Small flask 500ml max
Plastic survival bag
Gaiters Rab Muztag Pro
Walking poles Black Diamond Compactor Ski Poles


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