Summer Mountaineering

Highland Guides can cater for the complete spectrum of mountaineering aspirations from introducing complete beginners to tackling more advanced and committing scrambling routes with sections of easy climbing

All our instructional courses focus on getting the basics right. This is achieved through incorporating skills sessions into a mountain journey where they are applied and practised in context. We don’t spend the day talking in a static training environment but keep moving, finding new terrain and taking in a scrambling route and summit.

We can develop your skills in scrambling and easy climbing, simple and safe ropework, anchor selection, map and guidebook use and route planning. We can incorporate an overnight camp or bivvi to give a real mountaineering feel to a journey through the hills.

Perhaps you want the experience of being guided up some of the UK’s finest scrambling and mountaineering routes. We specialise in providing this in the best 3 mountaineering areas in the UK. Snowdonia, Skye and Lochaber….

Spring is a good time to go north and May and June are often thought to be the best months in the Highlands. Certainly you will beat the midges which is a good start to any trip here! Without doubt Skye represents the best the UK has to offer in summer mountaineering so why not have a week scrambling and climbing amongst the Black Cuillin? We can offer combined scrambling and ridge traverse weeks or ascents of the Skye Munros.

(Further Reading – ‘ Skye Scrambles’, Scottish Mountaineering Club)

Home to the mighty ridges of Ben Nevis and Glen Coe. Along with Skye, Lochaber is the mecca for UK summer mountaineering. The big 5 ridges of Ben Nevis provide superb easy climbing or exposed scrambling of a variety of difficulties. Combine an ascent on the North Face of Nevis with a traversing descent of the Carn Mor Dearg Arete for one of the classicdays in UK mountaineering. Glen Coe’s Curved ridge provides a more accessible outing of scrambling excellence whilst the famous Aonach Eagach provides a day of Alpine proportions with fantastic views. For a day away from it all we can cross the Corran Ferry to Ardgour and visit the Pinnacle or Great Ridge on the rough gneiss of Garbh Bheinn.

(Further reading – ‘Scrambles in Lochaber’, Noel Williams)

The successful 1953 Everest first ascent team chose Snowdonia as their training ground for good reason – it’s full of steep, rocky and easily accessible mountains. Snowdon and The Glyders offer the finest mountaineering south of the border and our local knowledge means you can have a busy days scrambling, take in a summit and descend another interesting route. Traverse the Snowdon Horseshoe with a more demanding start – like the ‘Parson’s Nose’ or tackle a classic mountaineering route on the East face of Tryfan via the Tryfan Bach slab – ‘The easiest genuine rock climb in North Wales.’

(Further reading – Steve Ashton’s ‘Scrambles in Snowdonia’)

Please get in touch to discuss your mountaineering aspirations and current experience. Contact us for more details if you have a larger group wanting some skills training or guided days in the hills.