Winter ridge walking

Winter meet 2024


17/02/2024 - 24/02/2024    
All Day


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Croftside Way, Aviemore, PH22 1QJ

Event Type

This is for those who have paid the deposit for the winter meet already. The balance is due by 31st December 2023.

The first SCC meet of 2024 will be the Winter meet.


This meet is suitable for all willing to take on the winter mountain experience. Some hill walking fitness is required and there is certain gear you cannot do without but can be borrowed / hired.

We will organise training for those who have never been out in the mountain in winter before to cover the basics of ‘Winter Skills’.


This meet is very open and there are a huge range of activities available.

From low level walking, to hill walking, to exposed ridge traverses, to grade I and II gully climbing to gnarly grade III and above mixed and ice climbing there is something for everyone on this trip. Oh, and sometimes skiing / snowboarding….

As the title says this is a winter trip and it is in the mountains. As such certain skills are required and it will be cold, wet, claggy, icy, and sunny, sometimes all in the same day.

We will be offering training, for at least ‘Winter Skills’ level as we have in the past. This is for those who have little experience in the winter mountains and need to learn.

Winter ridge walking
Winter ridge walking – the CMD arete


We have booked 3 air bnb style houses / lodges in Aviemore. All have full facilities, kitchen and a utility room with space to dry clothing. If you happen to own a portable de-humidifier and can bring it with you this would be helpful.

Aviemore is very close to Cairngorm Mountain which is host to plenty of winter walking and climbing. It also has plenty of facilities such as shops, gear shops and pubs.


Saturday 17th February 2024 – Saturday 24th February 2024.


The accommodation will cost £155 per person for the week. After the deposit, this is £95.

Training costs are still being finalised and will be available to book through a different page.

Members will also need to arrange their own travel to and from the accommodation.

Members will need to arrange their food for the week – each house / lodge will have a kitchen and there are local shops and pubs.

PLEASE NOTE – By paying for this meet you are committing to attending the meet. If you cannot attend we will not be able to refund payment unless you can find another person to attend in your place. 

If the meet sells out and you cannot attend, you can then attempt to sell your space to another club member. Only once they have paid for the meet will you be able to get a refund for any money paid.

Bucket seats
Winter skills – bucket seats


The winter meet requires you have a certain level of equipment. Some of this can be borrowed / hire. SCC have a stock of crampons and ice axes which can be borrowed by members. See the page here on how to request.

Essential equipment for all members:

  • Waterproof shell (trousers & jacket)
  • Mid layers, fleece ideal
  • Base layers – top and bottom high wicking fabric (not cotton)
  • Synthetic/down jacket (to keep you warm when not moving – synthetic is better in Scotland as it will not absorb water like down)
  • Mountaineering boots (At least B1 or above/crampon compatible. B2 boots are ideal)
  • Gloves (at least two pairs, if not more! One pair of mitts are also very useful)
  • Hat (that can be worn under a helmet)
  • Sunglasses/suncream (you never know)
  • Rucksack suitable for walking/climbing (30-45 litres)
  • Mountaineering axe
  • Gaiters
  • Crampons – must be compatible with your boots
  • Water bottle (Bladders like Camelbaks have a tendency to ice up in the winter)
  • Headtorch (and a spare is a good idea)
  • Survival bag
  • Compass & map of the area
  • Snow goggles
  • Walking poles (not strictly necessary but very useful in winter)
  • Helmet
  • First aid kit

Additional equipment for more experienced members:

  • Technical axes / leashes
  • Half ropes
  • Trad rack
  • Harness

10 reasons to come winter climbing…..

Building snow belays

  1. Its super bad-ass! The sound of a well placed axe embedding itself into the ice, the satisfaction of clipping in to an ice screw, the sheer adventure of it all and the fact you will feel like a hero when you summit are just a few of the delights that await.
  2. Winter climbing rewards you with jaw dropping scenery.
  3. Good company. There are several experienced folk in SCC + plenty of time to get some training in before we go. There’s even some local dry tooling 😉
  4. Even the walking is epic! If you don’t fancy full blown ice climbing, come along for the amazing hiking. You will learn lots of skills and gain valuable experience which will help no matter what you get up to on the mountains.
  5. Whisky!
  6. Probably the most rewarding beer/pub dinner you will have when you have burned 4000 calories on the mountain.
  7. No internet on the mountain… No Facebook, no emails – forget about the computer and enjoy life!
  8. Digging your own snowhole
  9. Brilliant excuse to go shopping… One can hire the necessary kit, or borrow, beg, steal… Check out UKC forums for 2nd hand tools, crampons etc for bargains.
  10. You will yearn for more

Broaden your horizons and sharpen your tools 🙂


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