We are pleased to offer a three day winter skills course based in Torridon, a beautiful setting which boasts some of the finest mountain scenery in Europe. The course is led by a local, qualified winter mountain leader.

On the first day of the course you will revise, or be taught how to use an ice axe and crampons, perform self-arrest and look at the snowpack. On day two you will have the chance to attempt one of the classic winter traverses, such as Beinn Alligin. The third day gives further opportunity to consolidate skills, perhaps on Maol Chean Dearg or Beinn Liath Mhor.

The itinerary will be adapted to meet the needs and safety of the group. Our choice of location will depend on prevailing weather conditions but typically would be on Beinn Eighe.

Equipment List for Winter Courses

  • Waterproof/windproof jacket and trousers
  • Correctly fitted four season walking boots with a rigid sole
  • Gaiters
  • Fleece mid layer
  • Base layer e.g. wicking t-shirt
  • Gloves and spares
  • Hat/balaclava
  • Head torch, spare bulb and battery (ordinary torch will do)
  • Rucksack and plastic liner (25-30 litre day sack will do)
  • Spare fleece or sweater and socks
  • Water bottle
  • Compass and whistle 
  • OS Landranger 1:50000 scale map Sheets 19, 25 and 26

Please note that all technical equipment for this course is included in the price. In the event of unsuitable conditions in Torridon it may be necessary to travel to another location such as The Cairngorms or Aonach Mor.

Groups of 4+

Please ask us about discounts available for groups of 4 or more wishing to join us for winter skills courses in Torridon.

The knowledge that we had an expert with us for the tricky bits, his intimate knowledge of the mountains made the outings much more enjoyable.John Kay

We had a great time with Duncan on the hills over the three days and the course was really enjoyable. The course was better than other winter courses I have been on because we did more hill routes with winter skills included, rather than mainly practising things on the lower slopes. Duncan was full of knowledge and expertise and a great leader who judged the capabilities of the group really well. It was all good value for money too. - Jeffrey, February 2016

I spent the weekend with you through the SYHA at Torridon back in March for winter skills, which was to help me when I headed to Ladakh and a Himalayan peak in July. That weekend was a great help to me and my confidence in scaling to the grand height of 6,123 m. There was lots of snow and a white out at the top, but it was still the top. So many thanks and I may well find myself looking for more skills this winter. Victoria Fuller