Expedition Training

Expedition Training – Winter Mountaineering and Fixed Lines – Glencoe and Ben Nevis Range

Dates:  23/02/15 – 27/02/151463108_10153485606225463_1883059558_n

Duration:  5 Climbing Days

Client Instructor Ratio:  1:2

Price:  £600 (Course must be full for this price to apply – see page footnote)


Course Information

We have a 2nd place available on this set course which will be run at a 1:2 ratio.  This bespoke expedition training course has been put together to prepare for the challenges of long days of high altitude climbing.  We will aim to climb long classic mountaineering routes that simulate the sort of ground that might be encountered on such expeditions (Everest being the specific peak).  As well as looking over the most efficient use of axe and crampons and movement on this type of ground, we will also look over cold weather considerations and equipment.  The intention will be to focus on ridges and mixed ground (as opposed to ice) at grades I to IV.

Included in this course will be a day looking specifically at the use of fixed lines on steeper ground as is common on many classic high altitude ascents.  We will look over harness setup and the extra kit required for this and the best ways of making what will already be very physical (altitude!) more efficient.  Whatever expedition you are considering this specific training may be highly beneficial.  Please get in touch with any questions…577304_10152144139925463_1677342711_n

See Blog for winter condition updates.  Bad Weather Option.

What is included

list-tick Guided/Instructed days out
list-tick Technical Equipment
list-tick Accommodation
list-tick Breakfast
list-cross Evening Meal
list-tick Optional Avalanche Talk
list-tick Daily Transport*

*Note – We sometimes include transport to a course venue, or airport transfers for our overseas trips where indicated.  Contact Us to discuss.


B+B Accommodation is included on this course.  Prices quoted include sharing a twin room and offer 5 nights B+B,  we can also offer a single room if preferred at an additional cost of £7 – £10 per night depending on the time of year.  Should the course have uneven numbers or mixed sexes we will not charge extra for anyone ending up in a single room who would have been happy to share otherwise.  The booking will include the night before the course start date, but not the night after the last day as often people wish to leave.  Nights can be added and dropped on request, we recommend this is done well in advance.  A double room option is also available.

This course will run out of the brilliantly situated Fern Villa, see www.fernvilla.org.uk.  Based in Ballachuilish this allows easy access to the venues of Glencoe, Ben Nevis and the surrounding ranges.  Fern Villa provides a highly comfortable and relaxing base with a guest living room and drying room facilities.  There is the local Co-Operative for buying lunch supplies within easy walking distance.  For evening meals there is the Laroch Bar and Bistro only 150 yards away and the Glencoe Inn about a mile away, this can be walked to via the cycle path if you have energy to spare.  There are many other options within the area also, the well known Clachaig Inn is only a short drive away and popular with climbers.  There is a regular bus link with Fortwilliam and the nearest train station for those wanting to use public transport, we may be able to offer a free transfer if arriving late also.  Sometimes, depending on where people are travelling from, there is the potential to arrange car sharing reducing the travel costs for everyone as well as being a bit more eco friendly.

For our winter courses we offer an optional evening Avalanche Awareness Talk.

The relevant Kit List is in our Resources.

For more information please Contact Us.

Note – We can still run this course/trip even if it is not full, however there might be an additional charge to bring the price up to a minimum daily rate/trip price for the relevant course or trip.  Should a course not be viable due to lack of numbers we can discuss other options with you.  As everyone has different levels of flexibility with dates and cut-off times for cancellation it’s best if you let us know your situation when booking.  In situations where you have offered last minute flexibility but Mountain Circles can not fill a course and has to cancel, we will refund the course fee and deposit in full, if you cancel from a course that is full and running then normal conditions apply, see Cancellations in How to book