winter mountaineering & climbing

The nineonesix-guiding team can provide the following:

Winter skills – ice axe and crampon use, route choice and navigation, safe travel and avalanche awareness. We can also offer winter skills from a base in the Cairngorms National Park on one of our weekend trips with our partners muchbetteradventures

Winter mountaineering – learn how to move on terrain up to grade I. Revise your winter skills before moving on to learning how to build snow belays and basic rope work. Winter mountaineering weekends are also available with muchbetteradventures

Introduction to winter climbing – We will revise the skills of a winter mountaineer before starting you on the winter climbing journey. Under the instruction of one of our Mountain Instructors, you will learn a variety of winter climbing techniques such as belaying, placing protection and using a pair of ice tools on ice or mixed routes up to grade II/III. The accessible Northern Corries of the Cairngorms are the perfect environment to make the most of your time with your Mountain Instructor to learn new skills.

Learn to lead winter climbing – if you already have some experience of winter mountaineering and/or multi-pitch rock climbing, nineonesix-guiding can help you make the transition to leading winter routes of your own. Your Mountain Instructor will carefully choose venues and routes where you can be coached, safely and successfully learn how to place a variety of protection on routes and build winter belays as well as safely retreat from them.

We publish daily reports of observed and forecast, avalanche, snow, and mountain conditions at the 5 most popular areas of Scotland during the season. With a continuing pilot period for the Torridon area.

You can find out more about Avalanches or, about Forecasts or, about the SAIS by clicking on the relevant index link on our webpage.