Kendal Mountaineering Services offer winter skills courses in Scotland in the Cairngorms, in Glen Coe or near Fort William on Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor. We tend to favour the Cairngorms due to the reliability of winter conditions there, but if you want a course elsewhere, we will come to you.
A two day basic winter skills course covering ice axe braking, using the boot as a tool, step cutting/kicking, crampon usage, moving on steep ground, all aspects of snow belays and snow shelters. All in all, the basics to give you everything you need to get out with confidence and make the most of that winter weather in the mountains.
Having attended a basic winter skills course you may decide you want to move onto something more challenging such as winter climbing. Climbing days can either be added onto an existing course or run separately although prior basic winter experience is a pre requisite. You can do as many or as few days as you like. Our highly experienced instructors will teach you how to climb grade one to grade three routes including the technical skills required to climb steep ice, place appropriate protection and belay others up the pitch you have just climbed.
If you don't fancy climbing but want some long days out on the hills how about an expedition with qualified KMS staff? Head into remote areas and learn navigation winter style, take in some Munros along the way and spend a night in a snow hole - once you have experienced this you'll realise how unfounded the rumours are about how uncomfortable snow holing is. Again, expedition length depends on you and what you want to do.
Come winter mountaineering with KMS and have the time of your life. Contact us for details and click here to view our prices. For more pictures from our range of winter courses view the photo gallery.
New for 2016 - Slovenia walking holiday
We are offering the chance to have a weeks holiday exploring the stunning Julian Alps of Slovenia. Accommodated in an Alpine style chalet in Bovec, you will have an adventurous week exploring the beautiful unspoilt scenery of this magnificent area. You will be surrounded by snow capped peaks, crystal clear rivers and lush green meadows. click here to have a look at the details.
We also have our range of other courses that can help with all of your outdoor wishes, no matter what time of year you want to learn.
Contact us to discuss what you want and we'll be happy to help.
Wishing you many happy Winter adventures!