During this 2-day course, we will revisit core winter skills. The main focus is on climbing some classic gullies, snow-covered rocks, ice and a mix of climbs that Scotland has to offer. There will be guidance and instruction on moving on steep ground, using two climbing axes, placement protection, ropework and building belays. The grades of the routes climbed will be tailored to your requirements, abilities and aspirations.
Skills that will be covered during the course:
Our guide will come and meet you at the hotel after breakfast (8.00-8.30am) and drive you to the chosen mountain location for the day.
We will walk into the chosen climbing venue, doing some refresher skills along the way, as we make our approach walk. We will then commit to our climb with lots of coaching as we climb. We will then complete our climb. If time allows us to do so, we will further our skills with instruction before returning to our vehicle.
The guide will then drop you off at the hotel. You will have a briefing for the following day before departing for the evening.
Our guide will come and meet you at the hotel after breakfast (8.00-8.30am) and drive you to the chosen mountain locations for the day.
We will walk into the chosen climbing venue, doing some refresher skills along the way, as we make our approach walk. We will then commit to our climb with lots of coaching as we climb. We will then complete our climb. If time allows us to do so, we will further our climbing skills with instruction before returning to our vehicle.
The guide will then drop you off at the hotel in the afternoon so you can proceed with your travel plans.
The price includes:
It is possible to run a course on 1:1 ratio with a supplement.
Please contact Mountain Tracks office for details
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This list contains our recommended clothing and equipment for our UK based Alpine Training Weekends. It is ideal if you can have 2-3 thin layers that you are able to put on/take off as the conditions change. Thin layers also allow better movement as opposed to one layer of bulky clothing. If you are uncertain or need further information, please contact us.
For these trips you need a B2 rated boot.
B2 boots are the best option for most alpine mountaineering trips. These are semi-rigid boots available in either leather or plastic/composite options. Leather boots tend to be more comfortable and breathable whereas plastic/composite boots are warmer and more waterproof. They are compatible with C1 and C2 crampons.
Key features of a good alpine mountaineering boot include vibram soles, a reversed leather upper (which protect the best side of the leather from scuffing and abrasion and improves durability and water resistance) and ankle flex and a higher cut which give control, mobility and support.
Boots can be hired but to avoid discomfort it is strongly recommended that you have your own pair which need to be worn-in.
These items are essential for all alpine mountaineering courses. All items can be hired from Mountain Tracks or from sports shops in the Alps. These items cost about £35-£45 each for 6-8 days hire payable in local currency in resort.
The Cairngorms are a high mountain range in the eastern Highlands of Scotland, they form part of the Grampian Mountain Range. The mountain of the same name, Cairn Gorm is 1309m above sea level and is also one of the great National Parks in the British Isles.
The mountains in the this area provide an excellent training ground for alpine climbing adventures, with a great remote fell, plenty of scrambling and climbing available at many different grades; its ideal for alpine preparation and an adventurous weekend away.
I have no previous mountaineering experience but I am keen to learn the basics of using crampons and an ice axe and rope work. I would enjoy ascending rocky scrambles and easy angled snow and ice. I am a regular hill walker summer and winter and used to long days out, I am happy to walk for 6-8hrs per day carrying all my gear in my rucksack. For Via Ferrata trips a head for heights and some upper body strength is useful.
I have undertaken some previous rocky scrambling and short rock climbs, ice or easy alpine climbing. I am comfortable moving on rocky and snowy ridges and slopes of up to 40 degrees. I enjoy the challenge of more remote technical terrain. I would like to learn more about alpine rope work. I can improve my crampon / ice axe technique and could scramble on rock with greater efficiency.
I have previous experience climbing alpine PD+ or harder. I am undeterred by scrambling and have done some pitched climbing on rock or ice. I have a firm grasp of the rope techniques necessary for pitched climbing and crossing glaciers. I am confident when using crampons and ice axe. I relish the thought of climbing steep rock and ice or traversing an exposed ridge covered in snow and ice. I can abseil, know how to use a prussic knot and make myself safe on basic belay stances.
IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV
The IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV symbol is the logo of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association.
Nick, Olly and Matt are all fully-qualified UIAGM Mountain Guides and members of the British Mountain Guides Association.
The International Ski Instructors Association is the world body for professional ski instructors.
The ISIA was formed in 1971 and there are currently 39 member nations representing the very best in ski instruction around the world.