Introduction to Winter Climbing Course
Our introduction to winter climbing course is for anyone who would like to take on the challenge and reap the rewards of winter climbing. Here, our aim is at getting you to climb confidently and efficiently on grade II/III terrain.
On our introduction to winter climbing course, we will cover the following key areas:
- Revisiting fundamentals of winter skills
- Movement on snow, ice and mixed ground
- Efficient rope work
- Constructing winter belays (snow, ice and rock)
- Placing winter protection
- Route selection and route finding
- Winter navigation
- Weather and avalanche forecast, and its impact on planning
The introduction to winter climbing course is 3 days long, and is run in the West Highlands, using Fort William as a base. The client-to-instructor ratio does not exceed 2:1, to ensure that we can give you our fullest attention.
All of our courses are tailored to suit your availability and experience, taking into account any individual needs and fitness levels.
Fort William, Scottish Highlands
We will discuss any specific kit requirements with you when you make a booking.
This course is suitable for anyone who has had some winter mountaineering experience grade I/II. Or who has attended a winter mountaineering course. Bear in mind that winter conditions in the Scottish Highlands can be demanding. Therefore, a fair degree of fitness and determination would be beneficial. If in doubt about whether the course is suitable for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Typical Introduction to Winter Climbing course layout
Each day of our introduction to winter climbing course, we would spend time assessing the weather, snow and avalanche conditions, in order to learn about safe route planning and detecting potential avalanche terrain.
We will briefly look at ice axe and crampon use, movement on snow and ice, navigation and how to keep yourself safe in a winter environment. We will introduce rope work, rock, snow and ice anchors and when to use these. And look at movement on steeper terrain.
We look at consolidating the skills learnt on day one, and putting these into practice on a route. Looking at some steeper terrain, putting some of the rope work skills into practice, and improving our personal movement on steeper terrain. We will also be looking at abseiling using snow anchors.
We will look at consolidating all of the skills learnt, and will try and pass some of the ownership over to you, i.e. choosing a route appropriate to the weather and snow conditions at the time. We will be venturing into Grade III terrain. Hopefully by the end of our introduction to winter climbing course, you will have the confidence to go out by yourself.
The course content and location tends to be dictated to us by the weather, so the introduction to winter climbing course layout can change.
If you are unsure whether the introduction to winter climbing course is suitable for you, please do not hesitate to contact us on email@example.com or call us on 07775 853 348, and we would be happy to help.
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