Bad Weather Option
Great option for bad weather!
In the event of bad weather, lack of good winter conditions, or perhaps for a less physical day on one of our longer winter courses, one option we offer is a visit to the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven when on the Scottish west coast. This amazing facility offers us the chance to coach you on real ice of all grades, coach you on dry-tooling routes, and use the climbing wall area to look at building belays, rescue techniques and cover many of the skills we will also include when out in the mountains. We can use the ice to look over skills such as placing ice screws and making ice threads for abseiling off.
We get a great rate for this from the Ice Factor (not included in course price), this includes access to all parts of the facility including 2 hours on the indoor ice wall. For more about the Ice Factor see – www.ice-factor.co.uk
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Mark Rock Climbing Course
‘Having spend three days in the mountains with Paddy I’ve got to say he’s the best guide I’ve ever worked with. Everything was pitched perfectly for my individual level - the choice of climbs, the balance between learning and mileage on the crag, all suited my level of experience. In three days I went from never having climbed trad to leading VD, seconding HVS+ and ticking off a classic mountain route, all thanks to Paddy’s professionalism and enthusiasm. Can’t wait to get out there again!’
Oli Associate Editor, Trail Magazine - Guided Classics for Trail Article
'I spent two of my most enjoyable mountain days ever with Mountain Circles, climbing Napes Needle and Pillar Rock in the Lake District. Paddy Cave's an absolutely awesome instructor who's been to the kind of places and climbed the kind of mountains I can only ever dream of. I'm no expert climber, but myself and the rest of the Trail team felt totally safe and confident on the rock thanks to the expert instruction we received, and we can't wait for our next adventure with Mountain Circles. Keep up the good work guys!'
Richard Skye Munros and Mountaineering Course
Paddy Cave guided me for four days on Skye. He has huge skill and experience; he kept me safe and taught me new techniques. In addition, he is great to talk to, with fascinating accounts of mountains and mountaineering.
Ivan Winter Mountaineering Courses, Guided Winter Climbing, Skye Guided Scrambling, Tower Ridge
I would recommend Paddy as a guide whether you're into hill walking or ice climbing. I've followed Paddy's lead all over Scotland for the last two years, both winter and summer. He always finds routes that push me enough to make them really memorable. With his advice and vigourous encouragement, I have safely made it up routes I thought beyond me. Looking forward to the next trip. !
Roger Winter Skills Course, Winter Mountaineering Course, Scrambling Course, Rock Climbing Course, Winter Climbing Course
'Paddy oozes enthusiasm and inspires confidence to challenge yourself to achieve things that you didn’t think possible. A winter skills course led to mountaineering skills then rock climbing and now we’re off full Scottish winter mountaineering'.
Chris Youth Groups - Group Climbing, Group Abseiling, Gorge Scrambling, Mountain Leader Refresher Course
I have worked with a lot of good instructors in the lakes over an 18 year period and Paddy stood out by miles. He doesn't just get on with the activity you have chosen, he is genuinely interested on what you or your group want to achieve. He takes the time to listen to you on what you want. Since our first meeting I have always booked Paddy and will continue to do so.
No matter whether it is Gorge Scrambling, Climbing, Abseiling, Canyoning, ML training, Paddy will go out of his way to make sure you or your group have a good experience. He will try to tailor make a good day from the budget you have and he gets his buzz seeing you or you group of people achieve no matter what the age.
I have no hesitation in recommending Paddy Cave and his team to any individual or group who want a good time in the outdoors.
Just give him a ring or email him!
Stephen Lancaster University Hiking Club - Winter Skills Course
'Extremely knowledgeable, fun and well delivered, the course was tailor-made to whatever one wanted to know, a great experience'.
Ben Lancaster University Hiking Club - Winter Skills Course
Through Paddy’s tuition I’m so confident in my ice axe arrests I relish falling off steep edges so I can put the skills into practice.
Sam Lancaster University Hiking Club Coordinator - Winter Skills Courses, Winter Mountaineering Courses
Paddy has delivered Winter Skills courses to our club for a number of years. They've always proved completely invaluable, not just in terms of the personal satisfaction and enjoyment our members get out of learning such skills under the knowledgeable and experienced tuition Paddy offers, but also because of the new skills those members then go on to bring to the rest of the club, enhancing and making safer all of our winter mountain experiences.
Roger Introduction to Ice and Mixed Climbing
Having now just spent four Scottish winter days on a variety of climbs and ridges with Paddy from Aviemore to Glencoe and the Ben, I feel privileged to have experienced such an atmospheric environment in the safety and direction of a true professional; with lasting memories until next winter’s challenge!