Winter Performance Climbing Course


3 days

Fort William, West Highlands

£300 per person, minimum of 2 people

2019 DATES
Available upon request

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The 3 day winter performance climbing course is for the competent winter climber, who is looking to push their winter grade.  If you would like to break through grade III/IV, and have a chance at climbing grade V and above, then this is the course for you.

Winter Performance Climbing Course content

We cover the following key areas:

  • Seconding up to grade V and or VI
  • Use of technical crampons and ice axes
  • Route selection
  • Protection selection, placements and judgement
  • Psychological aspects of climbing
  • Our personal weaknesses and strengths
  • Efficient movement over complex terrain

Course Location

Fort William, Scottish Highlands



We will discuss any specific kit requirements with you when you make a booking.


Minimum Requirements

This course is suitable only for anyone who is a competent winter climber at grade III or IV. Bear in mind that winter conditions in the Scottish Highlands can be demanding, and 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 Winter Lead Climbing course layout

Each day of our winter performace 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.


Day 1

Guided winter climbing, usually a grade V or VI.  Looking at advanced mixed climbing techniques and the use of technical crampons and ice axes.  Looking at efficient movement over complex terrain.


Day 2

Guided winter climbing, usually a grade V or VI.  Looking at efficient movement over complex terrain, and the psychological aspects of climbing.


Day 3

Here we put all of the skills learnt on the previous days into practice, and allow you to take ownership of some/if not all of the day i.e. route selection (under our guidance), and if you feel confident lead a grade V or VI route within your ability.


The course content and location tends to be dictated to us by the weather, so the winter performance climbing course layout can change.

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