Winter Climbing

 Gemini (VI,6) in perfect condition. Ben Nevis

Gemini (VI,6) in perfect condition. Ben Nevis

 Traverse of Liathach (II), one of the Torridon Giants.

Traverse of Liathach (II), one of the Torridon Giants.

Scottish WInter

In my experience, the mountains really come to life in winter. With the deep gullies filled with snow and the long ridges locked into a winter coat. Being based in Scotland, my finger is always on the pulse of current conditions and I’m located here from November until March or April. But I am equally happy to discuss guiding you in other winter climbing venues, such as Wales, Norway or the Alps.

Having climbed extensively in Scotland since 2002, I’d be delighted to share my knowledge with you in order to create a personalized itinerary with expert instruction, so that you can become a more confident and productive winter climber. If you are looking to “hone your technique” then we can seek out some harder routes together; a combination of guiding and instruction. We can be flexible and, if a chosen route is not in condition, then we’ll do the next best route….or something better!

 Learning to lead in the North West Highlands

Learning to lead in the North West Highlands

 At the base of Indicator Wall (V,5). Not bad for a 70 year old!

At the base of Indicator Wall (V,5). Not bad for a 70 year old!

All aspects of the winter mountains can be covered, from snow craft and winter skills all the way through to steep mixed and ice climbing. Avalanche training will be given every day but this can also be taken into depth with a specific course if desired. Being flexible with itineraries is very important in winter, as the conditions vary so much. Equally, moving through the mountains in winter will be very memorable and turns out, quite addictive! Maybe this coming winter will be the time to tick off another ‘Cold Climbs’ classic!

So, if the winter is approaching, then feel free to get in touch and we can discuss options for you and make the most of the current conditions.

If you are looking for ‘full package options’ then please visit www.moran-mountain.co.uk as I will regularly be working for Martin Moran in the winter months.

 

Ice climbing

Cascade ice climbing is both really fun and really accessible. With great locations around the Alps and Norway, we’re almost spoilt for choice. Armed with two sharp ice axes and crampons we can look at the basic’s to help you find your feet, learn the technique and manage the safety aspects. Or if you’re looking to advance your current level or climb your first WI5/6 then we can prepare and climb such routes, guiding on hard routes is the perfect way to sharpen up your technique.

Also for established courses in Aurland, Norway. Please look and enquire at www.moran-mountain.co.uk and if you wish you can specifically request me as your guide.