Winter Climbing course overview
Get ready for your first classic winter climbing routes. You'll refresh your basic ice axe and crampon skills and then develop the ropework and technical climbing skills needed to tackle classic winter climbing routes. We will climb routes based on your ability. You may even progress to lead your first winter pitch! This course is run in the corries near the Cairngorms ski centre which minimises the walk in time and maximises climb time.
You'll be instructed by Jon Punshon WMCI. With over 30 years experience, Jon holds the Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor qualification. This is the highest qualification for winter mountaineering and climbing in the UK. You'll be in safe hands!
What does this course cover?
Who is this course for?
You should have experience of summer rock climbing including belaying. Winter walking experience using ice axe and crampons is essential and preferably some formal winter skills training.
Get in touch if you need to brush up on any of these key skills. We can arrange a refresher day before the start of you course.
You will need the following equipment for this course.
Learn more about mountain boot and crampon ratings here.
Some of this equipment is available from our stores or for hire from recommended outlets in Aviemore.
This course runs in the Cairngorms
Our courses are non-residential. Take a look at our recommended accommodation on the resources page.
2023 Course Dates
Our Instructors are members of the Mountain Training Association. We regularly attend workshops to continue our own personal development.
Mountain Training Association is the support and development branch of Mountain Training, offering a range of workshops for trainee and qualified leaders and coaches.