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Winter Lead Climbing (5 days)

Learn LEVEL | 5 day(s) | Ratio 1:2 | From £985.00

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Overview

Develop the technical skills to lead winter climbs at grade II and beyond, confidently and competently. We will climb at venues in the Cairngorms and the West and North-West Highlands, weather dependent. Participants will have an opportunity to lead climbs at an appropriate grade and must be aware of the inherent risk involved in winter lead climbing and be prepared to accept some responsibility for their own safety.

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AIMS

To develop a safe and competent approach to leading a variety of winter climbs at Grade II+.

IS IT FOR ME?

This is one of the most demanding winter courses, to get the most from the course, regular experience of leading graded rock climbs (including multi-pitch routes of at least VDiff/Severe), plus Winter Mountaineering experience is essential.

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:

  • Recap of core winter skills, such as using ice axe and crampons, for approaching climbs.
  • Basic rope work (tying into multi point anchors) and belaying both leader and second.
  • Use of technical ice tools and crampons on a variety of mediums (rock, ice, snow, turf).
  • Coaching to develop personal climbing technique on ice and mixed ground.
  • Various snow anchors.
  • Escaping from winter multi pitch climbs (including abseiling from a variety of anchors).
  • Avalanche awareness and its implications for safe route choice. Winter navigation.

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.

Step 1

Book your course place online

Step 2

Call to book accommodation. Prices from £60pn

DATES & PRICES

2025
COURSE DATE COST
(with accommodation)
COST
(no accommodation)
PLACES BOOKING
Date27/01/25Cost (with accommodation)Call Us – Prices from £60pnCost (no accommodation)£985.00Places
Date03/02/25Cost (with accommodation)Call Us – Prices from £60pnCost (no accommodation)£985.00Places
Date17/02/25Cost (with accommodation)Call Us – Prices from £60pnCost (no accommodation)£985.00Places
Date24/02/25Cost (with accommodation)Call Us – Prices from £60pnCost (no accommodation)£985.00Places
Date10/03/25Cost (with accommodation)Call Us – Prices from £60pnCost (no accommodation)£985.00Places
Need a different date? Call 01479 861 256 to arrange your own date, or email [email protected]

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USEFUL INFORMATION

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

Instruction

Use of kit

Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day

In-course transport

WHAT'S INCLUDED IF YOU CHOOSE THE RESIDENTIAL OPTION - AS ABOVE PLUS

Accommodation in an en-suite bedroom.  If booking as an Individual, you will not be asked to share with a stranger.

Breakfast on each course day.

Dinner on each course day (except the final day, and on one day or 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.

NEED TO KNOW

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.

WHAT WILL I NEED

YOU WILL NEED (Glenmore Lodge can provide if required)

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Insulated synthetic jacket with hood
  • Winter Boots
  • Gaiters
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axes
  • Helmet
  • Climbing harness
  • 40lt rucksack
  • Walking poles

EQUIPMENT YOU NEED TO BRING WHICH WE DO NOT HAVE IN THE STORES

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

  • Personal clothing
  • Winter outdoor wear
  • Insulating layers
  • Winter climbing / mountaineering trousers
  • Hat & gloves, several pairs of.
  • Whistle
  • Compass – Silva type 4 recommended with a 1:40,000 romer ***
  • Waterproof map case.
  • Headtorch
  • Rucksack liner (or sturdy bin liner) / dry bags
  • Hydration system (water bottle / flask)
  • Box or bag for packed lunch.
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Goggles

Map information – we encourage everyone on mountain courses to have a map covering the Northern Cairngorms with a 10km radius from the ski area. There are now a range of scales and maps available OS 1:50,000, OS 1:25,000 and Harvey Map 1:40,000.  If you have digital mapping and can print off map sheets a suggested area would be:

NW corner NH8514         NE corner NJ0314

SW corner NN8593          SE corner NO0393

Glenmore Lodge will provide any technical equipment required on a skills course e.g. climbing ropes and racks.

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