Ice & Winter Climbing
North Wales and Scotland
Sometimes we have conditions for ice and mixed climbing in North Wales, so I am available for that when the conditions and availability allow. It is often possible to climb snowy gullies, or winter scrambles on snowy ridges in Snowdonia between November and March, and it is common to be able to cover many winter mountaineering skills and the use of ice axe and crampons during these months. However, if you want to be guided on some of the classic Welsh winter climbs, or superb ice climbs that occasionally form in North Wales, it helps if you have the flexibility to drop everything and come on a good, cold and snowy forecast, and keep touch about developing conditions.
In the UK, Scotland is a more reliable option for winter climbing with snow and ice remaining on the mountains for much of the winter season. I am available for guiding in Scotland, both for winter climbing and also for ski touring, or a even combination of the two.
Northern Norway in February and early March can be superb for ice climbing. There are tons of icefalls and most importantly, almost no other ice climbers around. If you are keen on a more remote feeling trip away and to somewhere with reliable conditions (but slightly more expensive beer ) then Norway is a fantastic option. To ice climb above the sea is something else! Any ice trips to Norway would have to be arranged on a bespoke basis, and would be for a minimum of a week, flying in to Tromso and hiring a vehicle from there. A combined ski touring and ice climbing trip would also work well in Norway.
Contact me to talk through options for bespoke trips if either of these appeal to you.