Five days of classic winter climbing in Scotland to ice climb on Ben Nevis and in Glen Coe at about grade III and IV.
Learn how to Ice climb on this winter climbing course in Ben Nevis, Scotland
Have a go at those classic winter climbing in Scotland that you have always wanted to do but never quite managed on this guided trip. If you are new to Scottish winter climbing but have experience of ice climbing elsewhere, this is a perfect way to enjoy the best climbing in the birthplace of modern ice climbing.
Routes such as Tower Ridge to ice climb on Ben Nevis, Crowberry Gully on Buachaille Etive Mor, Green Gully and Number Three Gully Buttress on Ben Nevis, Raeburn’s Route on Stob Coire nan Lochan and North Buttress on Buachaille Etive Mor might be what you get up to in the week. The ratio for this is two people with one guide and previous climbing experience is essential.
Itinerary for the Winter Climbing Course in Scotland: Ice climb on Ben Nevis
We will collect you each day at around 7.30am and decide where to go climbing that day based on the weather and avalanche forecasts, and climbing conditions at the time. Driving takes between 10 minutes and 1 hour, the walks in are usually around 2 hours and we will aim to get you back to your accommodation by about 5pm or 6pm each day.
Tower Ridge is often a good climb to start with as an introduction to winter climbing here. It is a long classic ridge climb from which we can see most of the other climbs on Ben Nevis and reach the summit. It gives the chance for some coaching in how to use your crampons and ice axes efficiently and gives your guide a good idea of what to go for later in the week. Tower Ridge is also possible in most climbing conditions but if it is very windy it will not be a good plan.