Winter Hillwalking, Mountaineering and Climbing in Scotland can give you some fantastically rewarding days on the hill, whatever the weather. Whilst sunny days, cloud inversions and crisp snow underfoot have obvious attractions, battling your way up a climb in blizzard conditions can also provide satisfaction – even if it is in retrospect from the warmth of the bar!
To make your day out safe the summer hillwalker/mountaineer needs an expanded ‘toolbox’ of skills. Whether you are a summer walker looking to get out in winter, a winter walker looking to refresh their skills or move onto steeper ground, or a first time winter climber Ice Factor instructors can provide something for you. Our courses are divided into Winter Mountaincraft (Introduction to and Advanced) and Winter Climbing (see below).
Open courses are where an individual books onto a course with dates offered by us and will find themselves parwt of a group with similar experience and aims. Please note, we require a minimum of 2 people booked into open Mountaincraft/Advanced mountaincraft courses to make them financially viable. If you are the only person booked in to the course you will receive a full refund 1 week before the course date/the option of paying a single person supplement.
Private courses are just that, you have paid for a private instructor at dates of your choosing. By paying a little more you know that the course will be all about your needs and will move at your pace.