- Guided Hillwalking Across the Scottish Highlands

Winter Skills Courses

If you are looking to make the step into climbing the Scottish mountains in winter then it is advisable to learn and practice the necessary skills before you go. King Mountaineering offers winter skills courses throughout the winter season which aim to equip you with the skills and confidence to go out and have winter mountain journeys of your own. We can tailor the course to suit your needs and what you would like to get from your days in the winter mountains but typically we will aim to cover the following should conditions allow:

  • Route planning
  • Avalanche and weather forecasts
  • Equipment and clothing
  • Avalanche awareness on the hill
  • Personal movement skills
  • Walking in crampons
  • Self-belay/ice-axe arrest

We offer a variety of 1-day and 2-day courses. Check our Upcoming Events page to see what courses we have coming up, or if you’d like to book a bespoke course then please get in touch to discuss. Courses cost £100 per person and will run with a minimum of 2 people. Maximum ratio 1:6.

Practicing personal movement and cutting steps on Cairngorm


 Winter Navigation

Following a bearing in whiteout conditions

Navigating in a winter can be a tricky business. Sometimes it can be about choosing the correct line to allow to ease of travel through snow covered terrain or to minimise the avalanche hazard. In addition, when the cloud comes down and snow is on the ground and blowing around there is often very little visible to help you identify where you are. In these whiteout conditions it is easy to get disorientated and it is necessary to employ skills beyond that required for summer hillwalks. Similarly, with the shorter daylight of the winter months it may be necessary to be out in the hills in the dark to complete your planned objective, where it is not possible to see where you are going beyond the strength of your headtorch beam.

We provide navigation sessions that will help you learn the skills to navigate confidently and safely in the high hills in winter. Check our Upcoming Events page to see what courses we have coming up, or if you’d like to book a bespoke course then please get in touch to discuss. Maximum ratio 1:6.