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From £465.00

Location: West & Central Highlands, Cairngorms

Duration: 3 days

Client to Instructor Ratio: 2:1 Max

Learn to Lead - Ice and Mixed Climbing

Over three days, our comprehensive Learn to Lead - Ice and Mixed Climbing course develops the skills and competencies necessary for safely leading your own multi-pitch winter climbing routes. This course is the perfect progression for individuals that are ready to lead on ice, mixed or mountaineering routes.


Before Your Course

Your EverydayClimbing instructor will be in touch one to two days before your course commences.  This pre-course contact serves to introduce your instructor, confirm meeting details, and provide insight into the expected weather conditions. Our instructor are readily available to address any queries you may have, ensuring you're well-prepared for your upcoming adventure.

During the Course

Leading your own winter routes is the most satisfying and challenging climbing discipline available to British climbers. Even when building on many years of experience, heading out in winter, with its navigational challenges, avalanche risk, and fickle, condition dependant routes can seem daunting and above the remit of many climbers. Thankfully our three day course is available to assist you in building the knowledge, judgement and competencies required to make good choices and complete successful climbs.

We draw on decades of world-wide climbing and instruction experience to teach you how to be efficient, confident and as safe as possible in the dynamic, consequential and often confusing world of Scottish ice and mixed climbing

We understand that each client is unique, with varying experiences and aspirations. That's why we tailor each course to meet your specific needs. When you meet your instructor on the first morning, it's your chance to discuss your experience and goals, enabling the instructor to create a program that suits your development. Our low instructor-to-client ratios ensure you have ample contact time and the opportunity to explore technical terrain.

Here are some of the areas of development we will explore during the three days:

  • Winter specific equipment- its range of use and it's limitations
  • Route selection
  • Advanced belaying
  • Personal admin and efficiency
  • Seconding techniques
  • Efficient climbing movement for leaders
  • Effective communication
  • Gear placement and retrieval
  • Anchor selection and belay building
  • Advanced rope work
  • Bringing up and protecting seconds
  • Risk management
  • Guidebook usage
  • Avalanche awareness
  • Addressing common challenges
  • Basic self-rescue strategies
  • Route assessment
  • Abseiling and retreat

We base our courses in the Cairngorms or the West Highlands, which provides us with a wide range of suitable venues and ample opportunities to find favourable weather.

Not quite what you're seeking? No problem! We specialise in organising climbing, scrambling, or mountaineering instruction in the Scottish Highlands and islands. From the dramatic sea-stacks to the legendary Skye Cuillin, we've got your adventure covered. Feel free to drop us a line with your specific requirements, and we'll promptly respond to your inquiry.

Dates and Prices


This course is throughout the winter season and can be scheduled to start on any day that suits your plans. Reach out to discuss your specific requirements or contact us using the form below.


Our prices are comprehensive and cover the following:

  • Information and support prior to the course
  • Three days of AMI accredited, insured, and fully qualified instruction
  • Professional-grade climbing equipment for each participant
  • Mountain safety gear
  • Memorable photos of your adventure

One person - £900

Two people - £1050 (£525 per person)

Is this for me?

Our courses are custom designed to elevate your current skill set and help you achieve your climbing goals. Whether you aspire to tackle classic, entry level gully's or aim to enhance your abilities to conquer more challenging, longer, and higher-grade mixed routes, we've got you covered.

With our expert and qualified instructors, you'll be well-prepared to embark on your winter climbing adventures in the UK. This course is accessible to experienced scramblers or mountaineers and novice climbers looking to lead their own routes in a winter setting. No specific climbing or winter experience is required as we will tailor the course to meet your specific needs and create a program that suits your development.

Join us, and let's embark on a thrilling journey of skill development and adventure.

Kit list


• 35-45l backpack

• B2/B3 Winter mountain boots (Available to rent locally)

• Ski Goggles

• Water bottle or flask

• Food and spare food (min. 1000cals.)

• Head torch + spare batteries 

• Thick socks

• Waterproof jacket and trousers 

• Thin fleece or light insulated jacket

• Thick fleece or mid insulated jacket

• Thick insulated jacket

• Warm hat

• Buff

• 2-3x Pairs of winter gloves

• Hiking trousers/salopettes 

• Synthetic/merino base layers

• Personal medication

• Waterproof stuff sacks


• OS maps of planned areas

• Waterproof map case

• Compass

• Gaiters

• Walking poles


• Harness

• Climbing helmet

• 120cm sling and karabiner

• Belay device and karabiner

• C2/C3 crampons

• Pair of technical climbing axes

• Ice axe leashes

• Emergency shelter (Orange bag)


To guarantee your comfort and security throughout our activities, we strongly advise all participants to come prepared with the complete equipment listed. While our activities may proceed even if participants do not have the entire kit list, please be aware that EverydayClimbing and our instructors retain the right to modify the itinerary or conclude the activity early should the absence of essential equipment pose an elevated risk to the group, exceeding acceptable safety standards.

As part of our unwavering commitment to eliminating barriers to outdoor adventures, we offer a selection of equipment available for use by anyone, with no questions asked. Your safety and enjoyment are our top priorities. Just drop us a line to let us know what you require.