If you’re not afraid of the cold and are looking for some adventure this winter, ice climbing in the Scottish Highlands might be just right for you. And yes, you can go ice climbing even if you have no prior experience. But it is also important to mention that ice climbing is an extreme form of mountaineering which requires a very specialised knowledge, skills and equipment. But if you have some experience with rock climbing and mountaineering, you can learn the basics of ice climbing within a day or two.
During the winter, the Scottish mountains turn into one of the most stunning places on the planet. The winter, however, also turns the Scottish Highlands into a very unfriendly place. Rapid weather changes and hostile terrain pose a major challenge even for the most experienced winter mountaineers and ice climbers. But with some prior planning and preparation, you can experience the beauty of both ice climbing and the winter in the Scottish Highlands safely. To make ice climbing in the Scottish mountains an unforgettable experience, in a positive sense of course, you will need:
Winter climbing course. If you want to climb a frozen waterfall in the Scottish mountains, you first need to get there. Going into the mountains during the winter requires a specialised knowledge and skills which is why you are advised to take a winter climbing course, especially if you have never been in the mountains during the winter months. In addition to learning the essentials of winter climbing, you will also learn how to stay warm and dry which is of key importance to remain both safe and comfortable.
Ice climbing course on an indoor ice wall. Think you just need to whack the axe into the ice and kick the spikes in? Well, it’s not that easy because the nature of ice varies greatly. It can be soft, hard, tough and brittle. And it’s very difficult to tell without any prior knowledge. Ice climbing course on an indoor ice wall will help you learn to distinguish between the different types of ice but it will also teach you the basic ice climbing techniques and how to use the equipment properly.
Guided ice climbing. When you learn the basics of ice climbing and “conquer” an interior ice wall, you are ready for a guided ice climbing. A climb with a professional and experienced guide will enable you to use the knowledge and skills acquired in real situation, stay safe and enjoy both the art of ice climbing and the beauty of the Scottish mountains.