Kirsty in deep snow

Bespoke Winter Skills

5 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)

£200.00 per day (for 1 to 4 people)

Do you have specific goals this winter? are there key skills such as navigation or ice axe arrest you’d like to try? book this course to get a private tuition on the winter skills bespoke to your needs or to complete that journey of a lifetime.

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This is a bespoke winter skills course. That means you’ll book me for the chosen length of time as a private instructor for you or your group.

Do you have a specific goal this winter or, perhaps, you’d just like to work on winter navigation?

This is a private course for up to four people so once you book it’ll be just you (and your friends). After booking you’ll receive a phone call from me to find out what it is you’d like to cover. From trips into Knoydart to a single day of winter navigation in the Cairngorm’s this is totally up to you.

Examples of topics I can cover include:

  • Equipment & clothing systems for winter walks
  • Planning and preparation
  • Footwork
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe arrest
  • Hazard avoidance
  • Avalanche avoidance
  • Navigation in winter
  • Emergency procedures


Accommodation is not included.

Locations for the course will be discussed upon booking. Should we not be able to agree a suitable destination you’ll not be charged.

Additional Information


Some experience of summer hill working and a good level of fitness to cope with challenging winter conditions are needed to enjoy this course.


Waterproof Jacket, Waterproof Trousers, Hat x2, Gloves x3, Fleece / Jumper x2, Warm Jacket, Crampon Compatibale Boots (b2 or b3)*, Crampons*, Ice Axe*, Rucksack (40l), Food and Drink, Map and Compass, Headtorch, Goggles, Sunglasses (you never know…)

* Can be hired locally if needed for an additional fee.

— A full kit list and advice on equipment will be given when booking —


Scotland (example locations include Glen Coe, Cairngorm National Park, Torridon)


8am each day – we will meet the night before the course to go over kit and confirm plans for the following day.


We will aim to be off the hill around 4pm each day with time given in a cafe or pub to discuss the content of the day and plan for the next.

2 reviews for Bespoke Winter Skills

  1. 5 out of 5


    Knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic mountain guide at a great price! Olly, along with another guide, spent 5 days with us in the Cairngorms teaching us relative beginners winter navigation, avalanche awareness, ice axes arrests, etc. Exactly what we wanted and would recommend to anyone.

  2. 5 out of 5


    Fantastic week. Perfect for university mountaineering clubs starting out on the winter scene.
    Really knowledgeable, good balance of leading and letting the group make decisions, and a good laugh too!

    As a group of 12 novices to winter skills, Ollie and his colleague were fantastic in giving us the general experience in the Cairngorms in winter.

    Though there was less snow than usual, we were still able to cover all the basics, with plenty of navigation training (absolutely key), and by the end of the week felt comfortable enough to lead our own walks.

    Would certainly recommend a 5-day course as it markedly improved our self-dependence and general mountain day planning. Well worth it!

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