What does winter bring besides the obvious! Stunning blue skies, perfect snow and ice, light winds or cloudy, windy and snowing? In Scotland anything can happen but that is part of the interest and when those cold crisp days do appear you'll never forget them!
For those of you who have never ventured into the hills in winter it can be a very daunting prospect with short days and poor weather possible. For rock climbers thinking of venturing onto ice for the first time this may be a scary thought, how do I place ice screws and how good is the ice?
Ascent Training's winter courses, based in Scotland and the Lake district, whether for the first time winter walker or ice climber are designed to inspire you to return to the winter wonderland and teach you the essentials to keep yourself save when you do return.
Our instructors are always friendly and fully qualified and we endeavour to tailor the course to the aims of the clients.
View a list of our pre-programmed winter course dates here.
Our 5 day winter mountaineering course in the Lake District is designed for people who have summer walking experience and ideally for those who have ventured onto steeper terrain such as Striding edge in summer but this is not essential.
This ice climbing course is based in Rjukan the recent ‘hot' spot for ice
climbing in Norway.
The area was made famous by a daring raid on a heavy water plant and later the film "The Heroes of Telemark". Over recent years this has become known as a reliable and stunning alternative
to alpine ice. With routes of varying lengths from 1 pitch to 17 pitches and
easy angle ice to long vertical pitches, plus a good selection of technical
mixed routes, there is something for everyone from novice to seasoned winter
Our Scottish winter climbing course has two aims - to climb as many routes as clients fitness allows and to leave after five days ispired to climb in winter again having learnt loads.
As the ratio all week is 1:2 it is possible to accommodate winter climbers with more experience including those who wish to lead for the first time or climb harder mixed and ice climbs. Please contact us to discuss your needs.
Our Scottish winter mountaineering course is designed for people with no experience in winter conditions or for those wishing to have a refresher in good winter skills practice. However summer walking experience is essential.
Its aim to inspire people and enable each student to be self sufficient in the Scottish hills whatever the weather!