Learn to Lead Winter Climbing Course

From: £340.00

Our Learn to Lead Winter Climbing course is a 1-4 day course designed for people who want to try lead climbing in winter. This is suitable for individuals who already have some summer climbing experience or some winter skills/climbing experience.

2022/2023 Dates now available in December, February, March. Learn to lead climb in winter this year in the Northern Corrie of Cairngorm Scotland’s most popular climbing venue.

Learn to Lead Winter Climbing in Scotland

Our Learn to lead winter climbing course in Scotland is tailored to the abilities and grades appropriate for you and we need two people to make this course run – if you are booking as an individual then please call us as we may be able to sort something out or alternatively look at our Guided Winter Climbing Courses. It is ideally suited to people looking at moving into winter lead climbing and who have already got some experience preferably with summer climbing & with winter skills. All of the technical equipment is supplied by us for the day – if you see below you can clearly define what you need to bring for the winter climbing course.

On this Scottish learn to lead winter climbing course you will gain:

  • Skills and techniques appropriate for winter lead climbing.
  • Ropework techniques specifically for winter lead climbing.
  • You will also gain an awareness of snowpack and what makes a route appropriate to climb on the day.
  • Avalanche awareness.
  • How to read a guidebook in winter
  • Movement skills
  • Gear placements in winter appropriate to the route you are on.
  • Anchor selection
  • Stance Management and appropriate lead belaying in winter.
  • You may cover abseiling in winter as well.

On a normal  learn to lead winter climbing course we would go into Coire an t-Sneachda looking at skills on route before climbing a route in the Coire and topping out onto the Cairngorm Plateau before heading around the rim of the Coire and heading back down the mountain. Routes we may use could be things like Hidden Chimney, The Slant, Jacobs Ladder, Twin Ribs and many many more.

What is Included in our Learn to Lead Scottish Winter Climbing Courses?

  • Certified and highly experienced instructors & guides who are members of the AMI association.
  • Crampons
  • Climbing Axes & Leashes
  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Ropes
  • All technical climbing gear like racks and screws.
  • All safety equipment like first aid kits
  • Photos from your course
  • Transport from our Newtonmore base or from Aviemore if required.

What is Not Included?

  • Travel Insurance

What Do I need to Bring With Me?

  • Waterproof jacket & trousers
  • Winter boots B2 or B3
  • Hat & gloves (recommend x 2 gloves)
  • Belay jacket
  • Rucksack 
  • Lunch & Drink
  • Gaiters
  • Headtorch * recommended
  • Clear lensed Goggles
  • Belay device (can be supplied if needed, just let us know)

Should you prefer to use your own equipment on this Learn to lead Scottish winter climbing course, you are welcome to bring your own harness, helmet, belay device, boots, crampons & axes if you wish and your instructor can check these on the day to ensure they appropriate.

Photos from some of our Learn to Lead Winter Climbing Courses

Other Winter Courses & Information

If you do not feel that you have enough experience to go lead climbing in winter yet, then why not take a look at our Winter Skills Courses instead or our Introduction to Winter Climbing Courses?

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