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Winter Skills and Summits Weekend

Learn how to become a competent winter walker before tackling the UK's tallest peak; Ben Nevis

Our Winter Skills and Summits Weekend is the perfect way to explore the wilderness of the Highlands in winter and provides loads of information and skills so you can go away and do it on your own!

Day one is focused on learning the necessary winter skills such as how to use ice axes and crampons, movement on the hill, ice axe arrests and avalanche awareness.


Day two you'll put those skills into practice as you use them to climb Ben Nevis. This trip is ideal for summer hikers aiming to get into winter walking or those wishing to brush up on the 'gold standard' of winter walking.

Winter Walking Walking Skills course in Scotland

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The low-down 

Difficulty: This course is suitable for summer hill walkers with a decent to good level of fitness. We won't be doing an Iron Man but be prepared for challenging weather and ground conditions.


Saturday: A day focused on learning winter skills with a presentation on avalanche awareness and good decision making in winter. The aim is to provide all the skills needed to go winter walking on your own.

Sunday: We'll polish and refine skills learnt the prior day and aim to ascent Ben Nevis. 

Location: The course is based around the Fort William area allowing easy access to Ben Nevis, Glencoe, Mamores and the Grey Corries


30th - 31st Dec 2023 (6 spaces)

6th - 7th Jan 2024 (4 spaces)

3rd - 4th Feb 2024 (6 spaces)

24th - 25th Feb 2024 (6 spaces)

16th - 17th Mar 2024 (6 spaces)



Prices are £190 per person

Private Bookings: 1 Person: £500 2 People: £550 3 People: £600 4-6 People: £650

Meeting Point: Ellis Brighams; Fort William

Booking: To Book simply get in touch here.

Kit List:

Mountaineering boots (B2 or B3)

Walking trousers (no jeans)

Synthetic T shirt

Warm fleece

Waterproof trousers

Waterproof coat

Insulated jacket

Hat and gloves

Spare Gloves

* Mountaineering Boots, ice axes and crampons can be hire from any of the local outdoor shops

Walking Axe

Walking Crampons

Rucksack (~35 lites)

Walking poles (optional)

Food (sandwiches, bars, fruit)

1 lite water bottle

Head torch

Sun glasses and suncream

Any personal medications

*Your guide will carry a group first aid kit and group emergency shelter.

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