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Winter Courses with Cairngorm Guides

We love Winter Skills, Mountaineering & Ice Climbing


Winter Courses

Private Guiding

Summer Courses

Winter Skills (2-5 days):

The essential skills for safe winter hill walking. 
The courses are run throughout the winter from Christmas to Easter and are based in the Cairngorms near Aviemore in Scotland.

Recent Winter Skills course review article here >>> YouTube video here >>>. Full winter skills course details are all on the Talisman Mountaineering site here >>>
'Trek & Mountain' magazine course review here >>> YouTube video here >>>. Full winter skills course details are all on the Talisman Mountaineering site here >>>
Full winter skills and climbing details on the Talisman Mountaineering site here >>>
Winter Mountaineering (5 days):

We cover the same main areas as the winter skills course but in addition basic climbing rope work is taught to enable you to climb, explore and enjoy the steeper more challenging peaks, gullies and classic mountaineering routes.
Winter / Ice Climbing (2-3 days):

This course is for summer rock climbers/scramblers or winter hill walkers with a good level of fitness, stamina and the ability to tie a figure of eight knot! (previous winter skills course essential)
  • Winter skills refresher
  • Avalanche assessment
  • Clothing and technical equipment
  • Rope-work and belaying
  • Winter climbing techniques
  • Use of guide books and topos
  • Guided winter climbing on Grades 1-5
  • Ice axe and crampons 
  • Clothing and equipment 
  • Micro-navigation and route finding 
  • Avalanche awareness and assessment 
  • Rope-work and belaying 
  • Grade 1-2 climbing techniques
  • Ice axe and crampons
  • Clothing and equipment
  • Micro-navigation and route finding
  • Avalanche awareness
  • Emergency rope-work and procedures
  • Snow hole expedition on the 5 day course
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