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.
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.