Winter Mountaineering + Ice Climbing Courses

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Intro to Winter Climbing 2 days

 

Is It For Me? Course Pre Requisites

Here at the Ice Factor we have probably taught more people to winter climb than any other centre this gives us unparalleled experience of teaching people to winter climb for the first time. Based just outside Glencoe on the west coast of Scotland we are within striking distance of many classic climbs on mountains such as Ben Nevis, Creag Meagadaih Buchaille Etive Mor and Stob Coire nan Lochan. The main focus of the two days is on introducing you to the main core winter climbing techniques whilst seconding a variety of winter climbs.

To get the most out this course you should have some experience of summer rock climbing and winter hill walking (including using an axe and crampons).

Course Aims

To develop a solid foundation in core winter climbing skills, whilst seconding a variety of winter climbs, such that you will be a competent and self reliant second. Leading may be covered if time and progress allows.

Course Content

You will usually be in a group of no more than two with one instructor. Meeting your instructor on the evening before provides an opportunity to discuss everyone’s experience and aspirations enabling the instructor to plan the programme based around these. The main topics to be covered are:

  • Recap of core winter skills, such as using ice axe and crampons, for approaching climbs
  • Basic rope work and anchor selection (snow, ice, rock and turf) and belaying both leader and second
  • Use of technical ice tools and crampons on a variety of mediums (rock, ice, snow, turf) on ground of up to grade IV.
  • Coaching to develop personal climbing technique on ice and mixed ground
  • Escaping from winter multi pitch climbs (including abseiling from a variety of anchors).
  • Use of the Ice Factor's indoor Ice Wall (The largest in the world) in order to improve climbing technique and in case of bad weather.
  • Avalanche awareness and its implications for safe route choice.

Evening sessions may include an avalanche awareness talk and a general interest talk.

The programme is fairly flexible taking into account individual needs and aims, weather, etc.

Price

£225pp

Advanced Guided Winter Climbing 

Is It For Me?

Based on the West coast of Scotland the bespoke nature of this course allows for individualised coaching and personal development in winter climbing techniques from the Ice Factors experienced instructors, whilst gaining maximum climbing mileage and experience on a variety of types of winter climb. Venues will depend on conditions but options may include classic Ice routes such as SC Gully, Green Gully and Crowberry Gully. Or for mixed climbing classics such as Morwind on Aonach Mor and Savage slit in the Northern coires. Advanced options may include routes like Tower Ridge and Point 5 Gully on Ben Nevis.

To get the most from this course you should have some experience of both summer and winter multi-pitch climbing and be a competent second.

Course Aims

Guided ascents of more technical winter climbs and leads of easier ones whilst developing winter experience and personal climbing skills.

Course Content

You will usually be in a group of no more than two with one instructor. Meeting your instructor on the first evening provides an opportunity to discuss everyone’s experience and aspirations enabling the instructor to plan the programme based around these. The main topics to be covered are:

  • Ascents of classic winter climbs, whilst developing personal climbing technique
  • Intensive coaching to develop personal climbing technique on ice and mixed ground
  • Leading a variety of easier routes
  • Technical sessions on basic rope work and belaying.
  • Use of technical ice tools and crampons on a variety of mediums (rock, ice, snow, turf)
  • Escaping from winter multi pitch climbs (including abseiling from a variety of anchors)
  • Avalanche awareness and its implications for safe route choice
  • Winter navigation in order to access and descend safely.

Evening sessions may include an avalanche awareness talk and a general interest talk.

The programme is fairly flexible taking into account individual needs and aims, weather, etc.

Price

£225pp

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