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Winter Mountaineering

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?

Whether for the first time winter walker or ice climber our courses are designed to inspire you to return to the winter wonderland and teach you the essentials to keep you safe 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.

Snow and Ice Climbing and Mountaineering Courses -

Introduction to Scottish winter mountaineering ( 5 Days)

This course is designed for people with no experience in winter conditions or for those wishing to have a refresher in good winter skills practice.

Introduction to Scottish winter climbing (5 Days)

This course is designed for people with little or no winter climbing experience. However some experience winter walking and rock climbing is preferable.  During the course, after an initial evaluation of clients' abilities and aims of the week, we will spend time improving your ability on technical ice and mixed routes.


Ice climbing in Norway 7 days (5 days climbing)

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 climber.

This course is aimed at people who have had some rock climbing experience and winter climbing experience but would like to hone there ice climbing ability so they are then self sufficient in future years to climbing in Norway or other ice climbing areas.


All of our training providers have built up an enviable reputation based on sound mountaineering practice using high calibre instructors who are suitably qualified usually well above the standard required for even the most basic forms of mountaineering.

Our instructors are invariably qualified to MIA or MIC standard and have extensive field experience throughout the world.

We are specially proficient in winter mountaineering skills and can offer our customers the best quality training and expedition leadership to achieve your personal objectives.

We are based in the Lake District and operate throughout the UK and overseas and welcome enquiries from novice and expert alike.

Please contact us for latest availability and course prices.


Tel: (44) 17687 75337 Skype: Activus Outdoors: Skype Status

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