Mountain Motion

Winter climbing and ice climbing courses across Scotland, Ben nevis, Glencoe and the Skye Cuillin ridge


Winter 2018 - 2019 dates now out

Scottish winter climbing courses 2019

Mountain Motion specialises in winter climbing courses and winter mountaineering courses in Scotland. From winter skills and learning how to travel safely on snow and ice through to advanced Scottish ice climbing courses and Scottish winter climbing courses, coaching you through the grades. From vertical ice to difficult technical mixed ground we can guide and teach you how to get the most from your winter.

Winter in the Scottish Highlands is a fantastic time to be amongst some of the most challenging winter conditions in Europe. Draped in snow and ice the mountains are transformed into a formidable and enthralling playground. Winter climbing and ice climbing is our game this time of year!

From avalanche awareness and crampon and ice axe techniques through to advanced Scottish winter climbing and Scottish ice climbing courses.

Browse through the types of winter mountaineering and winter climbing courses that we offer using the navigation bar above or to the right. As usual, we also specialise in private guiding and bespoke courses, which are usually ran by Richard


General information about our Scottish winter mountaineering and Scottish winter climbing courses

Our Scottish winter courses are based here in Fort William. We can help you arrange accommodation for the course. We will provide transport during the course and will pick you up in the morning and drop you off when we get off the hill. We can  provide equipment hire if required.

To book on a course we would prefer you to drop us a line or give us a ring to discuss so we can make sure you get the right course for you.

More information is available as downloads on the right of this page.


Some advice about instructors and guides in the Winter

There are quite a few people and companies who advertise themselves as guides and advertise courses for which they do not hold the recognised national qualifications. Particularly in the Winter around Ben Nevis and Glencoe! Its worth asking who will be taking you out and what are their qualifications.

The basic qualification to lead people in the Winter mountains is the Winter Mountain leader award. This is not a coaching award and it is suitable for led walks and teaching basic, technical winter skills. Teaching these winter skills should be done 'in passing', when journeying about the hill with a group rather than in a formal structured way. As such, running formal structured winter skills and avalanche courses is beyond the scope of the Winter ML Award. It is also not appropriate for roped winter mountaineering or climbing.

For dedicated formal structured winter skills and avalanche courses, winter mountaineering and winter climbing the appropriate qualification is either the MIC (Mountaineering Instructor Certificate) or a BMG (British Mountain Guide).

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