At nineonesix-guiding we use a variety of venues to take full advantage of Scottish winter conditions; as well as Torridon we may go to Kintail, Lochaber or The Cairngorms.

The nineonesix-guiding team can provide the following:

Winter skills – ice axe and crampon use, route choice and navigation, safe travel and avalanche awareness.

Winter mountaineering – learn how to move on terrain up to grade I. Revise your winter skills before moving on to learning how to build snow belays and basic rope work. In Torridon we have some of the most spectacular and challenging terrain which is perfect for this aspect of winter.

Introduction to winter climbing – once again we will revise the skills of a winter mountaineer before starting you on the winter climbing journey. Under the instruction of one of our MICs you will learn a variety of winter climbing techniques such as belaying, placing protection and using a pair of ice tools on ice or mixed routes up to grade II/III.  The accessible Northern Corries of The Cairngorms are the perfect environment to make the most of your time with your Mountain Instructor to learn new skills.

Learn to lead winter climbing – if you already have some experience of winter mountaineering and/or multi-pitch rock climbing nineonesix-guiding can help you make the transition to leading winter routes of your own. Your MIC will carefully choose venues and routes where you can be coached, safely and successfully learn how to place a variety of protection on routes, build winter belays as well as safely retreat from them.

nineonesix-guiding and the SYHA are once again offering Winter Walking Skills Weekends based at Torridon youth hostel. These are open courses, not private guiding but offer a great way for clients to join a course on their own and meet other hill folk rather than choose our one to one option.

SYHA Winter Walking Skills Weekends

‘A couple of weekends ago I finally managed to start to consolidate my winter skills in north Wales. The conditions had been cold just long enough for us to be able to climb Amphetheatre Gully on Craig yr Ogof and Sargeant’s Gully from Llanberis pass, and I did my first winter lead on the latter. It was brilliant fun, I’m certainly looking forward to the rest of the winter and I definitely wouldn’t have been confident enough to even give it a go if it wasn’t for your tuition in the spring. – Ian’

‘Hello Jim Spent the weekend with you through the SYHA at Torridon back in March for winter skills, which was to help me when I headed to Ladakh and a Himalayan peak in July. Thought I would just drop you a line to say that that weekend was a great help to me and my confidence in scaling to the grand height of 6,123 m. on Stok Kangri in the Himalayas. There was lots of snow and a white out at the top, but it was still the top. So many thanks and I may well find myself looking for more skills this winter. Cheers Victoria’