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Scottish Winter Courses & Holidays

Winter walking & climbing holidays based in Aviemore the Cairngorms Scotland run by established local Cairngorm Mountain Guides...

Click here to visit the Cairngorms National Park website...

'Trek & Mountain' (December 2011) magazine feature on Winter Skills and Advanced Winter Mountaineering course with local experts Talisman's Cairngorm Guides. The article can be viewed on a PDF here (3.31 Mb) The course winter climbing video is also on YouTube here
Other magazine and newspaper course write-ups on Talisman Mountaineering can be found here

Scottish Winter Skills course with Talisman Mountaineering


Winter Skills (2 days) & Introductory Winter Mountaineering (5 days):

The essential skills for safe winter hill walking.

  • Ice Axe and Crampons

  • Clothing & Equipment

  • Micro-Navigation & Route Finding

  • Avalanche Assessment

  • Emergency Rope-work

  • Emergency Procedures

  • Survival Skills

Based in the Cairngorms near Aviemore Scotland.

Full Scottish Winter Skills course details can be found here>>>

If you have previously attended a winter skills course you may be interested in our 3 day snow hole and GPS/navigation expeditions as well as our winter walking holidays in Scotland.

Details of our guided Winter Walking days and GPS Navigation weekends can be found here>>>

Scottish winter skills...good winter navigation is essential...

Advanced Winter Mountaineering (5 Days):

We cover the same main areas as the winter skills course but in addition basic climbing rope work is taught to enable you to climb, explore and enjoy the steeper more challenging peaks, gullies and classic mountaineering routes.

  • Ice Axe and Crampons

  • Clothing & Equipment

  • Micro-Navigation & Route Finding

  • Avalanche Assessment

  • Rope-work & Belaying

  • Grade 1-2 Climbing Techniques

  • Emergency Procedures & Survival Skills

Full Winter Mountaineering course details can be found here>>>

Intro Winter Climbing and Winter Mountaineering skills courses

Winter / Ice Climbing (3 Days):

This course is for summer rock climbers/scramblers or winter hill walkers with a good level of fitness, stamina and the ability to tie a figure of eight knot! (Previous winter skills course essential)

  • Winter Skills Refresher

  • Clothing & Technical Equipment

  • Rope-work & Belaying

  • Climbing Techniques

  • Use of Guide Books

  • Avalanche Assessment, Navigation & Route Finding

Full Winter Climbing course details can be found here>>>

Scottish Winter Climbing courses

Private Guiding & Instruction (per day):

Fulfil that long awaited ambition that perhaps you don't have the skills, confidence or time to pursue.

  • Guided Cairngorm Winter Climbs. Jacob's Ladder, Aladdin's Couloir, Doctors Choice, Runnel, Red, Goat-track, Broken, Spiral, Fingers Ridge, Hidden Chimney, Original Route, Haston Line, Message, Hybrid, Fiacaill, Vent, Milky Way, Central Crack, Ewen Buttress, Oesophagus, Savage Slit, Escalator, Kiwi Gully, Deepcut Chimney, Hell Lum etc.

  • Also most classic routes in Ben Nevis, Creag Meagaihd and Glencoe up to grade 5.

Full Private Guiding & Instruction price details can be found here>>>

guided winter climbs in the Cairngorms...

Guided Winter Climbing Tasters Weekends:

Ever wanted to just try Winter Ice Climbing?

You will be taught basic Winter Skills on the first day and then guided up an introductory ice climb on the second day. The tasters are not full winter climbing or full winter skills courses - they are simply tasters!

For full details see  here>>>

Based in Aviemore, Scotland in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park we can provide car transport and all specialist technical equipment such as helmets, ropes, ice axes and crampons. We are currently evaluating the latest state of the art 'Air Tech' crampons for Grivel. To remind you of your “experience” we’ll provide you for FREE with top quality photos and video of your holiday on Facebook and maybe even a YouTube video or two…!

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