Winter Mountaineering in Scotland

TORRIDON & THE NORTHWEST ~ Intro Technical Winter Climbing & Alpine skills

from £790pp

Duration 5 days ~ At grade II/III this trip builds on the technical level of our mountaineering course allowing a steeper more technical environment in which to learn about winter climbing. 2 day weekend version of this trip now available.

Trip Only Option

£790pp

Price Includes
-Qualified, local guiding and instruction
-All local transport throughout
-All specialist equipment: No hidden hire costs

- Note: Great option if you want to organise your own accommodation. We can make local recommendations for B&B, Hotel, campsite or bunkhouse/hostel options. Just drop us an email.

Stay at the Applecross Campsite in cosy winter Wishbone Cabins or camp.

Full Inclusive Option

£980pp

-6 nights friendly, local guest house accommodation in Applecross
-All meals
-Qualified, local guiding and instruction
-All local transport throughout
-All specialist equipment: No hidden hire costs

We use a a few selected accommodation providers around the shores of Lochcarron. Our primary base is at Pathend B&B. Visit their page to get a flavour of where you'll be relaxing after each mountain day: http://www.pathend-lochcarron.co.uk/

Testimonials

"After the noise and overcrowding of the honeypot climbing areas in Aviemore and Fort William I would recommend the Torridon and Applecross area every time. What an adventure and made all the better for the wilderness and sense of 'specialness' that comes from being the only party on a route. Great learning, great guides, accommodation, food and of course the fantastic hospitality of the Applecross Inn for the essential apres climb." Kevin MacLeod Jan 2012

Introduction to Technical Winter Climbing

"just the best holiday ever! Immersed in everything snowy and icy for several days I completely forgot about work and all the stresses of the rat race. I confess that I have no ambitions to go to the alps or get into harder climbing. The week was a hoot. Good company, climbing, beer in the Inn and the best sleeps ever. What a heady combination and a recipe for a dam good holiday adventure" Graham Taylor Feb 2011

Introduction to Technical Winter Climbing

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West Gully , Coire Dubh Mhor, Torridon

Steep ice on Meall Gorm Applecross peninsula

Steep ice on Meall Gorm Applecross peninsula

Host

Steep water ice

1 Grade III gully climbing Xmas 2

Half way up a grade III gully on a generous belay ledge

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The exit at the top of the climb- often steep and lots to think about!

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It's not all hard work!

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Alpine style terrain demanding good footwork, decision making and rope techniques.

Trip Description

If you want remote climbs, and peaceful days with no crowds, then the great expanses of the Torridon glens and corries offer a multitude of adventures.

No queuing for climbs or sharing routes here.

 

You'll explore the great corries of mountains such as Liathach and Bein Eighe in Torridon.

Or the huge gullies and buttresses of An Teallach in Fisherfield.

You’ll focus on rescue ropework, anchor placements and climbing techniques all of which feature heavily over the course of this trip enabling you to develop a good skillset independantly.

Each day will be planned to suit the group and conditions so we'll be looking at a large geographical area in all of our local mountain groups.

On some days it may be better on a buttress and on others a gully or pinnacled ridge can provide the adventure.

Learn and explore with one of our local guides and feel confident in a more technical and challenging environment.

If your aim is to become an independant winter mountaineer or summer Alpine explorer then this trip gives you everything you need to get started safely - or just come along and enjoy the adventure!

 

These are low ratio trips with one instuctor to two people usually. They book fast and often months in advance.

We also recommend that you look at our Winter Mountaineering Torridon Ridges and Gullies as this is often the best trip for those wanting to make the transition from winter walking to winter alpine or technical skills. 

 

 

Typical Itinerary

Day One - Ascent of Fuar Tholl and its high, wild corrie where a first day snowcraft session will allow development of vital movement & safety skills, namely: Ice axe arrest, crampon use, rope safety and avalanche awareness. This day will finish with an ascent to the summit of Fuar Tholl by its central buttress Grade III.

Day Two - Alpine ascent of the Northern Pinnacles grade III, Liathach, Torridon mountains.

Day Three - Ascent of George grade III, Coire Dubh Mhor, Liathach, Torridon mountains.

Day Four & Five - choice of routes in the Torridon, Kintail, Fannichs or Fisherfield ranges will be determined by weather & individual ability.

Please note: the above itinerary is a guide only as actual plans will be flexible to suit group & prevailing weather.

Schedule

Saturday night meet
Sunday to Thursday mountain days
Thursday leave after the day on the hill or depart Fri morning

Instructor Ratio

1:3

Suitable For

Anyone with good winter/summer scrambling experience or summer rock experience

Dates 2017/2018

DEC 12-16

JAN 28- 1st FEB

FEB 4-8 , 11-15  , 18-22

MAR 4-8 , 11-15  , 18-22

Note: other dates may be available with demand. Email first, before booking, to check space as above dates may already be full.

Private Guiding

If you don't want to join an open trip with other people, or have a family/friends group of your own, then private instruction and guiding will meet your goals. Pricing is per person and will depend upon activity, distance travelled, peak or low season. We can email you a quote. Simply let us know where, when, what and for how many people. 

Need a Transfer to get to us?

Add an airport pick up or return from Inverness — 2 hours from Applecross, £35 each way.

Add transfers to/from our nearest  rail station (Strathcarron on the Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh line) + £18 each way.

Please email to arrange transfers after booking and place a note in the booking form detailing your requirements.