Glenmore Lodge - Introduction to Winter Climbing

Posted on February 1, 2016 in ClimbingWinterPlacesGlenmore Lodge

This weekend I fly up to Inverness to undertake an Introductory Course in Winter Skills with Glenmore Lodge. This trip ticks the boxes for me in many ways: -

  1. I’ve always wanted to visit Inverness
  2. I’ve always wanted to climb in the Cairngorms
  3. I’m keen to broaden my climbing skills

Winter Climbing at Glenmore Lodge

Source: Glenmore Lodge

The main topics covered in the course will be: -

  • Recap of core winter skills, such as using ice axe and crampons, for approaching climbs
  • Basic rope work (tying into multi point anchors) and belaying both leader and second
  • Use of technical ice tools and crampons on a variety of mediums (rock, ice, snow, turf)
  • Escaping from winter multi pitch climbs (including abseiling from a variety of anchors).
  • Avalanche awareness and its implications for safe route choice.
  • Evening sessions may include an avalanche awareness talk and a general interest talk.

I chose this location (as opposed to Wales) since I figured there’d be more snow in Scotland at this time of the year. It looks like I’ll be in luck as judging by the Glenmore Lodge Facebook Page there’s a suitable amount of snow and ice around.

I came across this climbing video the other day which features Russell McIntyre and Richard Horsler climbing with Mark Chadwick from Glenmore Lodge in January 2016.  In Day 1 of the clip they climb Coire an t-Sneachda Fiacaill Ridge and on Day 2 they climb Coire Laogh-Mor and Ciste Crag. I’m assuming I’ll be doing something similar. Will certainly be writing about my adventures.

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