Winter Climbing

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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 most winter skills and the use of ice axe and crampons during these months . However, if you want to winter climb or ice climb in North Wales it helps if you have the flexibility to drop everything and come on a good, cold and snowy forecast!  In the UK, Scotland is a more reliable option for winter climbing with reliable conditions remaining through much of the winter season.  I am available also for guiding in Scotland, both for winter climbing and also for ski touring, or a combination of the two. This would have to be arranged on a bespoke basis.

Norway

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. 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.