Scotland’s mountains have a world famous reputation. Names such as Ben Nevis, Liathach, Ben Alder, Lochnagar and Cairngorm can send shudders down spines and produce sweat on palms.

During this coming winter season, Di Gilbert Mountaineering will be providing courses in an Introduction to winter mountaineering.

Scottish winter mountaineering, probably the most rewarding of all the winter dimensions. The freedom to move fast, cover greatest distances and travel on some of Scotland’s most rewarding ridges and traverses.

These are courses aimed specifically at winter hill walkers who wish to progress onto more steeper and technical terrain.

These courses last 2 days and are normally run over a weekend.

Day one will be based in the Cairngorm National Park. We decide where the best weather and the best conditions are before making the final decision where to go on day 2.

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 mountaineering courses start off in the Northern Cairngorms. We will then travel to where the best conditions and weather are for the second day.

Who can come

Anyone who has winter hill walking experience will be able to attend. This is to ensure that participants are familiar with the use of crampons and ice axe and have previous knowledge in Scotland's winter season.

Why will it help me

Everyone at some stage in their mountain development needs a helping hand. Somethings are best learnt by reading, somethings are best learnt by doing. By attending this course, Di will help you learn some specific skills related to travel our mountaineering terrain.

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
  • use of the harness and rope
  • basic technical equipment
  • avalanche awareness
  • safe route choice
  • decision making

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