Snow, Ice and Mixed Climbing

Snow, Ice and Mixed Climbing

We offer instruction and guiding in snow, ice and mixed climbing in the UK and Alps (where we have both icefall climbing and winter alpinism) with the aim of helping you become a self-sufficient winter climber, or simply to get out with a guide and enjoy some good conditions when they arise. Flexibility is the key to get the best conditions, especially if you want to climb in the Lakes!

We can deliver a concentrated climbing course, aimed at those with some winter experience who wish to learn to look after themselves safely on winter climbs, and progress onto more difficult routes. You may be graduating from more general mountaineering or transferring from rock climbing. Some previous roped experience on multi-pitch climbs would be useful, though not essential. The vital winter skills will be revised and practised as necessary, with greater emphasis on belaying, placing all kinds of protection and ice-craft on steep ground. We will address the subjects of navigation to and from our climbs, route finding, and dealing with problems which could arise during the ascents. However, the course will focus on the routes themselves. The climbing will be at a technical standard to suit the participants’ needs, but at whatever grade, the low student ratio will mean our choice of route is unrestricted. The 1:2 ratio will enable you to work together as a team, under close supervision, to gain the skills and experience you need to tackle graded winter routes. There will be the opportunity to lead pitches with your tutor alongside you to instruct, advise and assist if required. You may also like to try some harder climbing on the “blunt end”, maybe even one of the “Classic Grade Fives”. Every effort will be made to use the prevailing conditions to their best advantage, and if we have several days booked we will visit a variety of climbing areas to sample both snow/ice and mixed/buttress routes.

Contact us now if you’d like to take you winter climbing to the next level!

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