Scottish Winter Climbing

Scotland is blessed with a huge variety of winter climbing terrain ranging from frozen waterfalls and ice smears to vertical turf and rimed rock buttresses.  Our experienced team who all have extensive local knowledge of a large number of these venues will aim to ensure that the right route is chosen for you to maximise enjoyment and learning.

Venues: The Climbnow team can travel to your base. Common venues are the Southern Highlands, Glencoe, Lochaber and the Northern Cairngorms.

Dates: January, February, March and April.

Ratio: 1:2 Maximum

What’s included: Instruction, harnesses and helmets. The Climbnow team can arrange the hire of ice axes and crampons.

Who’s it for: Those with rock climbing and winter hill walking experience or those with winter mountaineering experience (grade I and II routes).

Sample Routes

  • Taxus (III) and Stairway to Heaven (III), Beinn an Dothaidh.
  • Echo Edge (III), Meall Buidhe.
  • Sunshine Gully (III), Quartzvein Scoop (IV) and Peter Pan (V), Beinn Udlaidh.
  • Crowberry Gully (IV) and North Buttress (IV), Buachaillie Etive Mor.
  • SC Gully (III) and Raeburn’s Route (IV), Stob Coire Nan Lochain.
  • Tower Ridge (IV), Green Gully (IV) and Vanishing Gully (V), Ben Nevis.
  • Sidewinder (III), Hidden Chimney Direct (IV) and The Seam (IV), Northern Corries.
  • Route Major (IV), Carn Etchachan.
  • Castle Wall (IV), Shelterstone Crag.
  • Shadow Buttress A (IV), Lochnagar.
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