Jon Gupta climbing the first ice pitch of Harrison's Direct IV/4*** on Ben Nevis in winter 2016.

Scottish Winter

Scottish winter is the perfect environment for learning some new mountain skills or to train for a bigger objective. Whether this is your first time in crampons or you’re pushing your technical climbing on the iconic north face of Ben Nevis, our Scottish Winter courses cater for all levels.

Our winter courses are based on the West Coast of Scotland in Glencoe and Lochaber. With mountains such as Ben Nevis, Stob Corrie nan Lochan and The Bucaille Etive Mor on our door step the West Coast provides some of the most spectacular mountains Scotland has to offer!

Winter Skills Courses

INTRO to Winter Skills

Crampons? Ice Axe? Not sure where to start?! Join the fun – 2 full days in the Scottish mountains learning all the winter skills for safe travel in snow/ice conditions. We will aim to reach some Munro’s (summits!) and put our new skills to good use. This is an Open course so you can sign up as an individual and meet some new outdoor folk.

PRIVATE Winter Skills 

Already have a group? Please get in touch and we’ll arrange the dates and course details to exactly what you want. This is our most popular and successful way of running courses.

Mountaineering Courses

If you are already a keen winter walker or know the basics and are keen to step it up, our winter mountaineering courses are just the job. You will venture onto steeper ground, ridges and easy gullies. During the course you will have a chance to perfect your winter skills, learn some top tips and increase your knowledge of the winter environment.

Climbing Courses

Winter climbing in Scotland is truly fantastic and will take you to some incredible places. Huge frozen water falls, imposing faces of rock and ice all provide the play ground for our winter climbing courses. Mountain Expeditions Winter Climbing courses are run by instructors holding the Mountaineering Instructors Certificate (MIC) – the highest UK qualification on a 1:1 or 1:2 basis.

GUIDED Winter Climbing 

Tick off that dream route, ice climb for the first time, or test your technical skills at the next level. Our GUIDED Winter Climbing allows you to really experience the harder winter routes without worrying about having to lead the next pitch!

LEARN TO LEAD Winter Climbing 

This course has an emphasis on coaching and instruction – Learn how to place ice screws, placing gear in winter, setting up belays, organise all your gear under a watchful eye. Previous summer trad leading and winter climbing experience is essential.

Booking a course

To enquire about any of our Winter Skills Courses, Mountaineering Courses or Climbing Courses please email us here. Our Booking & Payment details can all be seen here.

The truth about Scottish Winter (from Jon)

“Scottish Winter is totally unique, hardcore, cold, magical, exhilarating and above all everyday is different! Climbers often say it’s one of the best training grounds in the world, but equally the experiences gained on a Scottish Winter day can stand as some of the best mountain days you will ever have!”


Can I hire crampons and ice axe?

Mountain Expeditions has some hire kit available – just ask us! If we don’t have your size or availability then Cotswolds in Fort William offer a great hire service.

How do I get to Glencoe/Fort William?

Drive. Fly. Bus. Train…or mix and match! If you can get yourself to Fort William (Train/Bus), then there are regular local bus’s to Glencoe. If you have a car then Strath Lodge is easy to find with ample parking. For directions click here.

How fit to I have to be?

A ‘full’ day out would be 9 – 5 (8 Hours) in the mountains at a minimum, this requires a good level of fitness and stamina…don’t forget you’ll be doing the same again the next day!

Can Strath Lodge cater for my dietary requirements?

Yes. Just let us now before you arrive and we’ll ensure all dietary requirements are fully catered for.

What happens if the weather is absolutely awful!?

On occasion we might visit the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven. This fantastic place can be well utilised to practiced ice climbing techniques, indoor climbing and rope work – all skills we can then transfer back on to the hill the next day.



£Course specific


Jon Gupta & Winter Instructors

Expedition Dates

From To Notes
04/02/2017 19/03/2017

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