WINTER SKILLS COURSES
Highpoint Mountain Guides run 4 different winter skills courses, each with a particular audience in mind,
SNOW AND ICE CLIMBING
Full details on each course can be found using the menu to the left, but the summaries below will help you choose which is the best suited course for you.
Highpoint also provide walking guides , if you would love to get out on the mountains and fells in winter but do not feel you have the experience or skills required, our professional guides will keep you safe and deal with all the technical aspects such as navigation etc, leaving you to enjoy the superb views.
WINTER HILLWALKING SKILLS:
A classic weekend course run in both the Lake District and Scotland for hillwalkers with a little, or no experience in winter conditions. We’ll cover all the key basic skills such as use of ice axe and crampons, general safety in winter conditions, equipment, avalanche awareness and navigation. Max ratio 1:6
If you already have some experience of winter hillwalking and you want to develop the skills and confidence to tackle steeper walks in more challenging terrain, then this course could be for you. It covers techniques for moving safely on steeper terrain, coping with particular hazards such as hard ice, the use of a safety rope for protecting short sections of steep ground, avalanche awareness, navigation for bad conditions etc. A good step up from winter hillwalking, but not a climbing course. Available as a weekend course in the Lakes and Scotland, and as a long weekend in Scotland only. Maximum ratio 1:4
INTRODUCTION TO WINTER CLIMBING:
Another step up in difficulty, this time to winter climbs in the grade 1/2 category. You’ll need to be confident moving on steep snow, and some climbing or scrambling experience would be useful. You’ll learn about belaying methods on snow and ice, techniques enabling you to be as safe as possible, judging route conditions and selecting routes, and climbing techniques for different terrain. Available in Scotland only, and as a weekend or 4 day course. Ratio 1:2
SNOW AND ICE CLIMBING:
Guiding and instruction on routes of grades 2/3 upwards. Hire a guide to do some classic routes or extend your skills with some top quality coaching. Available as 1:2 or 1:1 ratio only.
We now run dry-tooling coaching days in the Lake District, we use a dedicated tooling venue that has been developed by some of the best winter climbers in the UK, the routes are varied and run up to M10 grade, the days will be coached by some of the very best Lakes based winter climbers and include people such as Paddy Cave, we can tailor the course to suit most abilities, but some experience of climbing with axes and crampons will be required.