Snow, mixed or ice. Scotland has it all.

From the thin ice routes on Ben Nevis to the mixed test pieces of Beinn Eighe, the fat ice routes on Creag Meagaidh and the brutal short routes in the Cairngorms, Scotland’s winter climbing is world famous.

With notorious weather, conditions that change at the snap of the finger and an attitude that will give any Ned a run for his money, you will either love it or hate it.

These are courses aimed specifically for those who want to learn the basics, whether leading or seconding.

These courses last 2 days, based in the Northern Cairngorms and are normally run over a weekend.

Please contact Di Gilbert directly if you have any questions, if you are unsure if this course is suitable for you or any other enquiries.


The introduction to winter climbing courses are based in the Northern Cairngorms.

Who can come

Anyone who has some winter experience behind them and ideally some summer traditional climbing experience. If in doubt, just send Di an email.

Why will it help me

Everyone at some stage in their mountain development needs a helping hand. By attending this course, Di will help you and train you in the essential skills that are specific to safe mountain travel in the United Kingdom’s mountain environments.

How do I apply

Complete one of our online booking forms.

Once you receive confirmation from Di you will be sent final details.


Di Gilbert no longer advertises specific dates. Please contact us direct to arrange a suitable date.


£240.00 per person. This course requires a minimum of 2 people to run.

This price is for instruction and equipment only.

Please contact us for a group rate.


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What will we look at

During the 2 days we will cover skills such as:

  • revision of ice axe and crampon technique
  • anchor selection
  • belaying
  • communication
  • rope management
  • avalanche awareness
  • safe route choice
  • decision making

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