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Winter Skills Courses

Est in 1992 Talisman's Cairngorm Guides offer a variety of Scottish winter walking skills and snowshoeing courses as well as winter mountaineering and winter climbing courses and guiding based at our home in Aviemore in the Cairngorms. All our winter skills courses and guided trips promise that added personal touch. The trips guarantee an action-packed itinerary, while delivering a truly knowledgeable and authentic mountain experience from the most experienced and qualified local Cairngorm guides. 

Scottish Winter Skills Course

Winter Walking Skills

 £160 for 2 days / £450 for 5 days 

Winter Walking Skills (2-5 days):

The essential winter skills for safe winter hill walking. The weekend and 5 day courses are run throughout the winter from Christmas to Easter and are based in the Cairngorms near Aviemore in Scotland.

  • Ice axe and crampons

  • Winter clothing and equipment

  • Winter navigation and route finding

  • Avalanche awareness

  • Emergency snow-shelters and rope-work

  • Snow-hole expedition on the 5 day course


Recent Winter Skills course review article here >>> YouTube video here >>>

Scottish Winter Mountaineering Course

Scottish Winter Mountaineering

 £550 for 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.

  • 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


'Trek & Mountain' magazine course review here >>> YouTube video here >>>

Guided Winter Climbing Course

Guided Winter Climbing

 £200-£220 per day 

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

  • Mixed winter climbing and ice climbing techniques

  • Use of guide books and topos

  • Guided winter climbing on Grades 1-5


Videos from our Scottish winter climbing and winter mountaineering courses and guiding can be found here >>>

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