Winter Courses

Our winter courses are generally tailor-made and thus far more likely to meet your aspirations than booking on a pre-arranged course. So whether you want to learn how to use an ice axe and crampons, climb the famous Point Five gully on Ben Nevis or traverse Glen Coe’s Aonach Eagach you need look no further than Highland Guides.

With low ratios we are able to move at exactly your pace and progress through your own climbing apprenticeship at the rate most appropriate for you. In this way you will never feel held back by a less fit and able group member or alternatively never feel pressured into doing something that has your eyes on stalks! Similarly the venues chosen can revolve around your past experience, future aspirations and what 3 star routes you want to tick!

From our usual winter base in Fort William we are able to reach a wide variety of venues from Ben Udlaidh in the Southern Highlands to Glen Coe, Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor in Lochaber. We can also travel east to Creag Meagaidh and the Northern Cairngorms. That’s a lot of variety in a week’s climbing!

The courses below are some suggested itineraries. Private bookings, although a little more expensive, are better value for money as the course will revolve entirely around you, or your small group. We can put together a winter climbing package to suit your needs from a single day to a week long course. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements and previous experience.

Why not combine a winter mountaineering refresher with some climbing instruction and a couple of guided routes into a 5 day course?

Or come for a weekend of either instructed or guided climbing. Note that for new clients all courses may involve an introductory day where skills are refreshed and an easier or less committing route is undertaken to assess the client’s ability.