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Icicle Scottish Winter courses 2024
Our range of Scottish winter skills and climbing courses in Fort William

Scottish winter climbing is ephemeral, hard, and hugely rewarding. Many of the worlds best climbers learned their skills on these majestic peaks, and they are a worthy goal in their own right, or as a skills springboard for those planning trips to the Alps or high mountains around the world.

Led by top outdoor instructors (WMCI's & WML's), the Scottish Winter trips are of core importance to us, as they offer amazing climbing opportunities without going abroad, and provide all climbers with safety skills to enjoy the Scottish and UK winter mountains in the future.
Courses overview
Our range of Scottish Winter courses have been developed carefully over the years, to offer top quality trips for all levels of climbers, based in the west coast in Fort William at the foot of the Nevis and Glencoe ranges. Our team of instructors are experts in the region, and form part of our core guiding team. If you have more specific objectives, or would like to develop a bespoke course, get in contact so we can design a course just for you.
Scottish Winter Skills
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Scottish Winter Intro
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Scottish Winter Climbing
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Our most popular Scottish Winter course. Learn how to use your crampons and ice axe, and how to arrest a fall. You focus on route choice, snow anchors, footwork with crampons, navigation in winter conditions, and steep ground. These weekends are great training for those planning a first trip to the Alps.   Spend a full week in the mountains of Scotland, learning winter skills and tackling routes in full winter condition. These courses ascend grade I and II gullies and ridges during the week. Key objectives for the week include Carn Mor Dearg Arete or Ledge Route on Ben Nevis, and the Curved Ridge in Glencoe.   Spend a full week in the mountains of Scotland, climbing at a 1:2 ratio throughout, to tackle a mixture of multi-pitch routes on snow, ice or mixed climbs. There are hundreds of routes to choose from on Ben Nevis and in Glencoe, so this week is for winter climbers to sample the best of Scottish Winter climbing.
Course accommodation in Fort William
Being well rested, dry and fed in the mornings is key to enjoying a Scottish Winter trip. You stay in a B&B / hotel in Fort William on a B&B basis. We use a selection of accommodation providers.

You are booked into twin rooms as standard, and a cooked English breakfast in included each morning. The rooms all have ensuite bath / shower rooms. You can pay to have evening meals locally.

If you would like to arrange your own accommodation for this course, let us know at the time of your booking, and subject to numbers, a discount is applied to your invoice of £40 per night. For those wanting an upgrade to single accommodation, this can be arranged at £50 per night extra, subject to availability.
The accommodation we use all has free WiFi throughout. There is parking for those travelling by car, and it is close to the Train and Bus stations, for those arriving by public transport.

Full details of the accommodation are provided in the course dossier, once you have booked, and if you'd like to upgrade to single rooms or book extra nights, this can be arranged too.

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Any further questions?
A key part of choosing a company is being able to come and talk about your plans with an experienced course advisor face to face. In an increasingly virtual world, we know our clients value speaking to real people, getting open and honest advice. The vast majority of our clients are British, and our office and outdoor store is based in Windermere in the English Lake District.

Get in contact to arrange a meeting, and come in for a coffee to discuss your course in person with a trip advisor.

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