Winter Mountaineering is it for me?

What is winter mountaineering?

Have you ever fancied tackling some of the UK’s classic mountain days in winter but been worried about how to handle steeper snowy/icy rocky steps?

Have you ever been on a winter walking day out and turned around at a tricky point? Or maybe you want to get up mountains in winter but not necessarily by the easiest route.

Have you noticed how ground which can feel fine on a summer’s day can feel treacherous in winter?

Any ground which would be Hands out of pockets terrain in summer turns into winter mountaineering territory. Essentially a summer scramble, but in the winter! If you lack the confidence or experience to embrace this, then considering a winter mountaineering course could unlock a whole world of stunning winter experiences for you and your friends.

We've compiled this post to help answer any questions you might have about attending a Glenmore Lodge winter mountaineering course.

CMD Arete, Ben Nevis

What is the difference between winter skills and winter mountaineering?

If you’ve never been out in the winter mountains, then start with learning the essential winter skills you’ll need before heading into mountaineering terrain. Winter Skills courses teach you how to be safe in the winter; skills such as walking in crampons, navigation tips, ice axe arrest, avalanche awareness, relocation skills, route choices etc.

Once you've got some experience of the skills needed to stay safe in the winter hills and mountains, you are then ready to tackle steeper ground and discover the delights and adventures of winter mountaineering. Think popular routes such as Striding Edge on Helvellyn in the Lake District, Fiacaill Ridge in the Cairngorms, CMD Arete on Ben Nevis.

A winter mountaineering course assumes that you'll already be comfortable in a winter environment.

Beinn Alligin, Torridon

How fit do I need to be?

You need to be 'hill fit', so fit enough to manage a full day on the hill in winter conditions. When you book on a Glenmore Lodge residential course we provide you with hearty meals and cake at the end of the day, to help you refuel for the next day's activities.

Snowdon, North Wales

What if I haven’t been out in winter yet?

We would point you in the direction of the 2 or 5 day winter skills courses . These will help you develop an in-depth practical knowledge of all the skills required to move about the mountains in winter conditions, competently and confidently.

Something to aspire to? An Teallach, North West Scotland

Not sure if you have the right kit?

Don't worry, we have partnered with some of the industry's best clothing and equipment manufacturers to provide a fully stocked stores department. When you book on a Glenmore Lodge course you can use the stores to plug any gaps you have, all included within the course cost. For example boots, ice axes and crampons, helmets and waterproofs. This gives you the chance to test different pieces of equipment.

Glenmore Lodge Stores

Why choose Glenmore Lodge?

Glenmore Lodge is Scotland’s National Outdoor Training Centre; our aim is to offer world class training in outdoor adventure sports and encourage more people to enjoy the outdoors more often. We don't just offer skills courses, we also train Outdoor Instructors.

The one thing we all share with you is a passion for discovering new adventures. We're also a friendly bunch!

What about the weather?

The Cairngorm plateau sits at over 1,000m and is home to Arctic tundra and the UK's only resident Reindeer herd. This means we're lucky to have the most reliable snow cover arguably in the UK.

Still Unsure?

If we've not answered your questions, or you'd like to chat through your particular needs, then just call the office team on 01479 861 256, or email enquiries@glenmorelodge.org.uk.

Glenmore Lodge is nestled at the foot of the Cairngorms

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