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Guided Winter Climbing

Intermediate Level - 5 days | Prices from £975.00

You will usually be in a group of no more than two with one instructor. Meeting your instructor on the first morning provides an opportunity to discuss everyone’s experience and aspirations enabling the instructor to plan the programme based around these. The main topics to be covered are:

  • Ascents of classic winter climbs, whilst developing personal climbing technique
  • Intensive coaching to develop personal climbing technique on ice and mixed ground
  • Technical sessions on basic rope work and belaying.
  • Use of technical ice tools and crampons on a variety of mediums (rock, ice, snow, turf)
  • Escaping from winter multi pitch climbs (including abseiling from a variety of anchors)
  • Avalanche awareness and its implications for safe route choice
  • Winter navigation

The 5 days allows time to cover a variety of areas and venues in the Cairngiorms, Creag Meagaidh and/or Ben Nevis

Evening sessions may include an avalanche awareness talk and a general interest talk.

The programme is fairly flexible taking into account individual needs and aims, weather, etc.

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Dates & Prices

03/02/20
Cost (with accommodation): £1,100.00
Cost (no accommodation): £975.00
17/02/20
Cost (with accommodation): £1,100.00
Cost (no accommodation): £975.00
02/03/20
Cost (with accommodation): £1,100.00
Cost (no accommodation): £975.00

Is It For Me?

This week will focus on individualised coaching in winter climbing techniques whilst gaining maximum climbing mileage and experience on a variety of types of winter climb, dictated by the conditions. A key element of this course is developing your personal climbing movement skills on a variety of winter climbing terrain types, allowing you to extend your ability to second harder climbs. You may find yourself climbing a range of grades from II/III to V with the emphasis on mileage.

Please note: As the focus is on ascending more challenging climbs whilst focussing on improving personal performance it is not expected that participants will lead.  It is more of a guided experience allowing you to maximise climbing time on a variety of winter routes

To get the most from this course you should have some experience of both summer and winter multi-pitch climbing and be a competent second.

Course Aims

Guided ascents of more technical winter climbs whilst developing winter experience and personal climbing skills.

Course Content

You will usually be in a group of no more than two with one instructor. Meeting your instructor on the first morning provides an opportunity to discuss everyone’s experience and aspirations enabling the instructor to plan the programme based around these. The main topics to be covered are:

  • Ascents of classic winter climbs, whilst developing personal climbing technique
  • Intensive coaching to develop personal climbing technique on ice and mixed ground
  • Technical sessions on basic rope work and belaying.
  • Use of technical ice tools and crampons on a variety of mediums (rock, ice, snow, turf)
  • Escaping from winter multi pitch climbs (including abseiling from a variety of anchors)
  • Avalanche awareness and its implications for safe route choice
  • Winter navigation

The 5 days allows time to cover a variety of areas and venues in the Cairngiorms, Creag Meagaidh and/or Ben Nevis

Evening sessions may include an avalanche awareness talk and a general interest talk.

The programme is fairly flexible taking into account individual needs and aims, weather, etc.

What Will I Need?

Glenmore Lodge has a large, comprehensive store of up-to-date clothing and equipment. You are welcome to use your own equipment and pick and choose odd items from the store. Your instructor will want to check that personal equipment is appropriate for the activity.  If you are thinking about buying equipment (things like ice axe, boots and crampons) but are not too sure what to get we would advise you to come and try our equipment and then make your purchases after the course.

What we can supply?

  • Basic waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Plastic Boots
  • Gaiters
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axes
  • Helmets
  • Day Sac
  • Any technical equipment if applicable

What will you need to bring? Listed here are the essentials; this is not an exhaustive list.

  • Thermals or suitable under clothing
  • Insulating layers – at least one mid weight and one warm fleece layer
  • General trekking trousers are recommended, not jeans though.
  • Thick socks (several pairs)
  • Spare fleece/insulated jacket
  • Waterproof jacket (with a good hood)
  • Waterproof over-trousers or salopettes
  • Hat & balaclava plus spare
  • Mitts & gloves
  • Ski goggles (should have double lens to avoid misting up)
  • Whistle
  • Compass – Silva type 4 recommended
  • Maps and waterproof map case. 1:50,000 map of the Cairngorms
  • Headtorch
  • Rucksack liner
  • Vacuum Flask & Water Bottle
  • Box or bag for packed lunch.
  • Survival Bag – Plastic type
  • Personal toiletries, medications & personal first aid kit (towels are provided)
  • Suncream

We have a small pool, sauna, gym & climbing wall – so any relevant kit (including spare towel)

Remember the price is all inclusive We want our customers to easily know what their course will cost, up front and in the open.  Accommodation on the night before and the nights during your course, pick up from the train station (Friday and Sunday evenings only), breakfast, lunch, cake break and dinner are all included. All transportation on the course, centre facilities & any equipment you borrow are also part of the package

Course Pre-Requisites

Winter mountaineering and experience of seconding minimum Grade III; a physically demanding course.

What’s included on your course

  • Instruction
  • Use of kit
  • Shuttle bus to Glenmore Lodge (departs Aviemore station 5:20pm on Friday and Sundays)
  • Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • In-course transport

What’s included if you choose the residential option – As above PLUS

  • Bed in shared en-suite room – available from 3pm on day before your course starts *

(Single rooms may be available for a supplementary charge, please ask at reception when you arrive)

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner for each course day (except one day and back-to-back courses)
  • Use of the facilities at Glenmore Lodge
  • Linen is provided along with a towel, you may wish to bring an extra towel if you would like to use the facilities or are on a paddlesport course

Arriving at Glenmore Lodge

  • For more information on travel to the Lodge click here
  • Your first inclusive meal is breakfast (7:45 -8:30am) An evening meal is not provided on your arrival night, but bar meals are available in our Lochain bar 5pm to 9pm (5-7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Packed lunches are collected at breakfast
  • On Mondays and Saturdays only there will be a 10 minute welcome talk at 8.15am, on other days you will meet your instructor at 9am. The daily programme of your course will be discussed with your instructor when you first meet, taking into account aspirations and prevailing weather conditions

On your last day

  • Check out time is 10am on the final day of your booking, we have changing areas, showers and left luggage facilities on site
  • All courses will finish by 5pm
  • On Fridays and Sundays we offer a drop off to Aviemore station, leaving Glenmore Lodge at 5pm, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to book this service

*some exceptions – see detailed course notes

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