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Scotland Courses- Winter Courses - Spring Courses

Liathach from the ridge of Beinn Eighe - Winter Mountaineer March 2017

£50 discount offered on 2019 courses booked before 31 Oct 2018


Our Scottish Winter courses offer instruction and guiding in all winter mountaineering skills and snow, ice and mixed climbing. Scotland's winter mountains offer a unique beauty and challenge to hillwalkers and climbers. The skills and experiences acquired with us will prepare you to climb in the Alps and Greater Ranges of the world.

Courses are based in the magnificent North-West Highlands - Torridon, Applecross, Kintail, An Teallach and the Cuillin of Skye - and we can travel as far as Ben Nevis or the Cairngorms to get the best variety of climbs and conditions

We promise unforgettable adventures at grips with the winter peaks plus home-cooking and warm relaxation in our course base Coulags Lodge.

Ice climbing on Liathach - Intro Winter Climber (photo: Nathan Christmas)

On the pinnacles of the Liathach traverse - Winter Mountaineer (photo: Ben Tibbetts)

New Year Mountaineer team on summit of Liathach - 1st January 2017

NEW YEAR COURSES - 4 DAYS: 28 Dec-2 Jan 2018/19

Four days of great mountaineering and a relaxing New Year break in the North-West Highlands; based in An Teallach and Carron View cottages with cosy full-board home-cooking included. Guided personally by Martin Moran with his expert instructional team; plus home cooking and house hospitality. Whatever the weather and conditions these courses give you a great start to your mountaineering year and a perfect antidote to post-Christmas blues! On 1st Jan 2018 our mountaineer teams first-footed the Forcan Ridge of the Saddle in fresh snow. Arrive on evening of Fri 28th Dec and depart on morning of Wed 2nd Jan.

New Year Mountaineer:

Learn and apply your winter skills:-
- Instruction of all essential snow-craft skills on the Glen Shiel hills - Grade I/II snow/ice gully ascent
- Ridge traverses (eg Forcan Ridge of The Saddle, Beinn Eighe or Liathach) involving grade I and II scrambling and mixed winter terrain.
- Skills training: lead grade I pitches under guide's supervision - Ropework/Abseiling plus a Winter Navigation exercise

Price: £740 (4:1 max ratio)

New Year Climber:

Offers a 2:1 guide ratio for more experienced climbers who want to develop their skills from grade II upwards on mixed, snow and ice routes; or for couples who want more personal tuition and guiding.

Price: £940 (2:1 max ratio)

Prices incl of 5 nights Bed, self-serve Breakfast, Packed lunch, 3 course Evening meal, 4 days Guiding and Instruction. Plus evening slideshow/seminar: Winter Mountain Skills, including Avalanche Hazard, Equipment and Mountain Weather; 2018 highlights from Moran Mountain.


Winter Mountaineer

An all-round introduction to winter mountaineering this course offers tuition in the skills and then we put them into practice on adventurous mountain expeditions on Scotland's finest and wildest peaks - including the Torridon "Big Three" - Liathach, Beinn Eighe and Beinn Alligin plus An Teallach, Kintail, Glen Shiel and Skye Cuillin.

Who is the Course For? All keen hillwalkers and scramblers who want to learn the skills of winter mountaineering. Previous roped climbing experience on indoor walls or outdoor rock is helpful but not essential. Good fitness and an enjoyment of exposed ridge scrambles are more important. The course is a gateway towards mountaineering in the Alps.

What Skills are Covered? Snowcraft, ice axe arrest, cramponning, short ice climbing pitches, alpine ropework and belaying; grade I/II gullies and classic ridge traverses, winter mountain navigation and routeplanning; winter weather and avalanche hazard assessment; overnight survival

Sample itinerary:
Day 1: Snowcraft training (ice axe arrest, crampon skills, snow anchors and belays) followed by roped ascent of a grade I or II gully (eg: Fuar Tholl SE Coire – Access Gully)
Day 2: Alpine-style traverse of Forcan Ridge on The Saddle – roped protection on mixed ridge terrain at grade I/II standard
Day 3: Navigation theory seminar and outdoor training session on the Applecross plateau.
Day 4: Traverse of the Black Carls Ridge on Beinn Eighe (I); indoor ropework,knots and belays session
Day 5: Traverse of Liathach Main Ridge (I/II) - one of Scotland's finest winter expeditions

In suitable conditions and weather the group will mount an overnight expedition using a snow-hole on The Saddle or camp on An Teallach.

2019 DATES: arr Sat and depart Fri am: 12-18 Jan, 19-25 Jan, 26 Jan-1 Feb, 2-8 Feb, 9-15 Feb, 16-22 Feb, 23 Feb-1 Mar, 2-8 Mar; Course ratio: 4:1 max

Price: £780

Price includes all Guiding, local transport, up to 6 nights Full-board accommodation at Coulags Lodge

Introductory Winter Climber

The best introduction to winter climbing to grade III standard; coaching skills in snow, ice and mixed climbing and climbing classic routes in remote and adventurous mountains of the North-West Highlands

Who is it for? A more technical course for those wanting a full week of winter climbing at grades I to III; for winter climbing beginners who have previous outdoor rock climbing and winter walking experience.

What instruction is given? - personal snow and ice skills
- belaying methods, ropework, multi-pitch climbing, placing protection
- ice and mixed climbing techniques at grade III standard- clients can have the opportunity to develop leading skills on grade I and II routes

Where do we climb? The great corries of Liathach and Beinn Bhan in Torridon, ridge traverses on the Cuillin of Skye, mixed climbs in Glen Shiel; Beinn Dearg and the Fannichs and the magnificent gully climbs of An Teallach are all possible venues plus Aonach Mor and Ben Nevis in Lochaber.

Typical itinerary:-
Day 1: Snowcraft and icecraft instruction and training session in Fuar Tholl SE corrie, followed by ascent of a grade I or II gully
Day 2: Buttress climb – eg A’Chioch Ridge of Beinn Bhan, Applecross – pitched grade II mixed climbing
Day 3: Client leading day under guide’s supervision: grade I and II pitched climbing; eg North Gully of Sgurr na Forcan on the Saddle followed by Alpine-ropework practise on traverse of the Forcan Ridge
Day 4: Snow and ice gully ascent at grade III standard (eg George, Liathach in Torridon)
Day 5: Winter traverse of Sgurr nan Gillean on Skye (grade II and III snow, ice and mixed climbing).

2019 DATES:arr Sat and depart Fri am: 12-18 Jan, 19-25 Jan, 26 Jan-1 Feb, 2-8 Feb, 9-15 Feb, 16-22 Feb, 23 Feb-1 Mar, 2-8 Mar; Course ratio: 4:1 max

Price: £880

Price includes all Guiding, local Transport, up to 6 nights Full-board accommodation at Coulags Lodge

Scottish winter climbing
Above: Forcan Ridge of The Saddle in alpine-conditions - New Year Mountaineer

Left: Topping out on Right-End Buttress (III,5) on Fuar Tholl, Glen Carron - February 2017 (climber: Aoife McNally)

Technical Winter Climber

Our premier winter climbing course, guided by expert winter climbers; designed to improve your personal skills and introduce you to new venues and styles of winter climbing.

Experience required? Those with previous winter climbing experience to grade III or pairs who want the extra personal attention of a 2:1 ratio.

What skills are covered? All of Intro Winter syllabus plus:- development of leading skills under guide's supervision
- routes of grade III, IV, V, and VI, according to conditions and experience of clients, plus possible pioneering of new winter climbs,
- teaching of advanced techniques of ice and rock protection, torquing, and dry tooling

Where do we climb? All venues in Torridon and Skye eg. Corries of Beinn Bhan (March Hare's and Mad Hatter's Gully, Silver Tear), Beinn Eighe Triple Buttresses, North Face Liathach (Poacher's Fall), Beinn Dearg (Emerald and Penguin Gully), Pinnacle Ridge of Sgurr nan Gillean; Aonach Mor; Ben Nevis for ice climbing classics

2019 DATES:arr Sat and depart Fri am: 12-18 Jan, 19-25 Jan, 26 Jan-1 Feb, 2-8 Feb, 9-15 Feb, 16-22 Feb, 23 Feb-1 Mar, 2-8 Mar; Course ratio: 4:1 max

Price: £1,060

Price includes all Guiding, local Transport, up to 6 nights Full-board accommodation at Coulags Lodge

Starting the traverse of Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh on the Cuillin Ridge - Winter Climber: February 2017

Right: Martin Moran leading the exit of George (III,4), Coire Dubh Mor. Liathach (photo: Ben Tibbetts)


For groups/friends/couples: 2 to 4 persons; larger parties by arrangement. Drive up from central Scotland or Northern England or fly up from London or Bristol to taste the thrill and learn the skills of Winter hillwalking, mountaineering and climbing. Arrive Friday night, climb Sat and Sun and depart Sun evening or Monday morning

2019 Dates: 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 Jan; 2-3, 9-10, 16-17 Mar - other dates by special arrangement

Price: 4 persons : £320 each; 3 persons: £380 each; 2 persons: £440 each

Price includes all Guiding, local Transport, 2 nights Full-board accommodation at Coulags Lodge


All standards from Winter Hillwalking to Technical Climbing on the grand classics of Torridon, Skye and Ben Nevis; tuition and instructional sessions in snow- and ice-craft. Outside of peak-season we can make our private guiding service flexible to weather and conditions.

Dates by arrangement - please enquire

Price: from £220 to £320 per day; according to itinerary and group size

Prices quoted will cover Guide's transport

ACCOMMODATION at COULAGS LODGE: available during main course periods with private guiding: £60.00 per person per night, twin sharing, full-board incl packed lunch; £75.00 per night with single room


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