Scotland’s mountains offer a wealth of options for some extraordinary days out. Whether you want to summit the highest point of the UK Ben Nevis, or you want to get far away from the crowds on one of our more isolated peaks, we would be happy to plan & prepare to help you achieve your aims.
Small groups usually work best for a hill day, but we are happy to discuss arrangements for larger parties such as sponsored walks or other events. Costs are based on the number of staff required, so a group of 4-6 walkers makes a day out very affordable.
Our Scottish Winter Mountaineering introduction weekend is perfectly suited to those without previous mountaineering experience in winter conditions and aimed at people keen on getting out in the colder months.
Over the course of a weekend our friendly leaders will take you around the Cairngorm mountain range and National Park, intensively teaching a set of fundamental winter mountaineering skills in the field and along the way. The weekend essential skills and topics covered range from:
– Movement on snow and ice using ice axe and crampons.
– Self-arrest, basic rescue and safety methods.
– Emergency shelter and snow hole construction.
– Basic navigation and winter techniques.
Please be aware that there are no strict timings or lesson plans due to varying factors such as group speed, group requirements, individual requirements, snow, ice, weather and climatic conditions. The group leader will decide on when and where to operate each demonstration and lesson (and if possible) whilst in the field.
Below you'll find a list of upcoming expeditions, with the number of places still available, the total cost and the deposit required to secure a place. Should no expeditions be available, please contact us to see what we can do for you. Bespoke personally tailored expeditions can also be accommodated.
We require all undertaking this training tour to be at a basic level of fitness. We advise all to participate in some form of regular cardiovascular training such as swimming, running, cycling or some gym work (although not entirely necessary for this training tour – contact us for further details).
Those experienced in hiking, trekking or hillwalking will be at an advantage, but previous experience isn’t an essential requirement for this training tour.
All participants will be expected to walk (on Saturday) for a period of around 8 hours (including plenty of rest stops and static demonstrations).
The perfect introduction to mountaineering in winter conditions for those without any previous experience and a great opportunity for intermediates who are keen to get some winter mountaineering skills practice in whilst the conditions last.
No previous technical knowledge required, but some technical kit such as crampons and an ice axe will be required to take part (these can be hired in Aviemore).
Walking (not climbing) a route amongst the Cairngorm mountain range with below freezing temperatures, snow and ice conditions expected.
Our Photographer And Photography
Ascent Explorers photographer joins us on many of our UK tours and training programs to capture group images through the program duration. A selection of images are shared on social media sites such as Facebook (please inform us if you individually prefer this not to happen) Digital copies, prints are available upon request.
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Arrive in Aviemore
Personal kit hire collection in Aviemore.
Arrive in Aviemore YHA.
Bus/Taxi transfer to Cairngorm Mountain Ski Slope
Wild camp option
Basic breakfast/ snacks before we move
Begin tour and training (around 8 hours in duration).
Possible wild camping.
Free time to explore Aviemore.
Return kit hires.
Itinerary Accuracy & Unforeseen Changes
Due to potential unforeseen circumstances out of our control, this itinerary and its daily activities outlined may be forced to change. Our intentions are to follow the day-to-day itinerary as planned but, please be patient and cooperative in the event of such changes, which are ultimately enforced for the safety and enjoyment of the group as a whole. Itinerary changes may be due to flight rescheduling, road closures, climatic conditions and other operational factors.
Aviemore is 25 mi from Inverness Airport (Inverness, UK).
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Flights & Travel Information
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To book your flights or to discuss your requirements, please call our dedicated flight account manager, Ellie Gilmore on 0808 260 9953.
Each participant will be required to provide and use a basic list of personal kit and equipment. We do offer a kit hire service at low rates (enquire here). A minimum and basic kit list should consist of:
Winter Walking Boots
Thermal Top and Bottoms
Waterproof Over trousers/Salopettes
Water proof/wind proof Jacket
Thick Fleece or Pile Jacket
Thermal Gloves and/or Mittens
Walking Ice Axe
Nalgene Plastic (insulated) Water Bottle
Plastic Bags or Dry Bags
High Factor Sun Cream/Block & Lip Salve
Personal First Aid Kit
Pair of telescopic ski poles (very useful)
Camera, films and batteries
Accommodation: Wild camping depending on condition’s we always aim to wild camp otherwise we will stay at the Avimore youth hostel (shared rooms).
Group leader / Guide
North Face Fat Frog 2 man Tents
Food & Drink:
travel to RV
Prices, Booking and Terms & Conditions
The total cost for this expedition is £220 and a deposit of £65 is required to secure your place.
For further information concerning our Terms and Conditions, bookings and cancellations, please refer to our Terms and Conditions page (Opens in new window).
Need help? Call: 0208 500 3323 or 07967 589289 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm GMT)
Participation & Accuracy Statement
Ascent Explorers recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.
Although it is our intention to operate this itinerary as printed, it may be necessary to make some changes as a result of flight schedules, climatic conditions, limitations of infrastructure or other operational factors. As a consequence, the order or location of overnight stops and the duration of the day may vary from those outlined. You should be aware that some events are beyond our control and we would ask for your patience.