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Winter walking in Scotland. Exciting stuff!
Winter mountaineering

Learn how to be safe, and have fun in the winter mountains

Book this as a gift. Epic gifting effort.

You’ll cover all the techniques and skills needed to go into the winter mountains independently. You’ll get lots of input, practice, and feedback; from learning to use crampons, to interpreting an avalanche forecast, and route finding. And you’ll have fun!

  • £450
  • 5 days
  • 1 instructor to 6 participants
  • Progressive structure gives you the skills to be independent
  • Avalanche and decision making lecture

Perfect for…

Walkers and mountaineers who’d like to explore the majesty of the Scottish Highlands in winter.

Why you’ll love it…

Your confidence and understanding will grow through the course. You’ll open up a whole new world of exploration and adventures for years to come.

What to expect

We’ll introduce and develop skills progressively. We aim for the team to plan and lead a safe, fun day out by the end of the course – independently of our input.


  • Interpreting the avalanche forecast
  • Understanding how the weather forecast affects our day
  • Applying both of these to plan safe, fun, and adventurous days in the mountains

Looking after yourself

  • Keeping your kit organised
  • Managing your clothing
  • Being comfortable in a challenging environment

Movement skills

  • Movement patterns
  • Kicking steps
  • Effective and precise use of crampons
  • Using an ice axe effectively
  • Using an axe to stop a fall – self arrest

Avalanche avoidance and route finding

  • Terrain management
  • Safe travel protocol
  • Dynamic risk assessment
  • Approaching corniced edges
  • This will include an avalanche lecture


  • Winter navigation strategies
  • Dead reckoning
  • Avoiding avalanche prone slopes
  • Pacing, walking on a bearing, and timing
  • Using an altimeter

Meeting point and time

Let’s meet at the Grog and Gruel  in Fort William at 7.30 pm on Saturday 9th March. It’s a great pub and serves nice food. The best plans are always hatched in pubs anyway aren’t they?


We’ve left this to suit your budget, there are lots of options in Fort William. Being within 5 minutes’ walk of the high street is ideal, as you can then easily get to supermarkets and restaurants.

Getting here and away

Trains run to Fort William on Sundays, and we’ll be back in time for departing trains on the Thursday evening.


Here’s the kit list. Please get in touch if you’ve any problems.

 Why book with Gaia Adventures?

  • Highly qualified and experienced staff
  • Excellent customer feedback
  • We’ll give you all of the heroic looking photos we take of you
  • 15% Discount at V12 Outdoor and Joe Brown
  • We listen to exactly what you want, and strive to deliver more

Fort William, Scotland


Kit list


No previous experience needed


1 instructor to 6 participants


5 days



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