Being in the mountains in winter is very special. Snow crunching under your feet and the feel of cold air brushing your cheeks transforms a simple hill walk into a magical journey, scrambly ridges take on an alpine feel and stream beds become frozen into glittering ribbons of ice – all waiting to be savoured. Of course there are challenges and hazards too like coping with icy slopes, battling high winds and staying on course in whiteout navigation conditions, but these add to the satisfaction and enjoyment, as long as you feel in control.

North Wales - The accessibility of the Snowdonia peaks makes them ideal for learning and improving winter walking and climbing techniques; classic, high-quality routes without the hefty walk in are a match made in heaven. But you’d be forgiven for asking if we ever get snow and ice in North Wales. The answer is yes, winter does still hit Wales However, spells of good conditions are hard to predict and can be brief, so you can either take a gamble or perhaps better, if you see a good forecast give me a call as I can often arrange something at short notice.

Scotland - Scotland’s mountains provide more reliable winter conditions for walking and climbing as well as the lure of remoteness and solitude. When you hit lucky with weather and conditions Scottish winter days are quite simply stunning and should be relished, but don’t underestimate their strenuousness, particularly on the West coast where the journey begins at sea-level, get fit before you go. If you’re interested in Scottish guiding or instruction get in touch, I do spend a spell up north each winter but it needs to be arranged well in advance.

It’s best to keep winter walking groups to a max of 4 people (1:4 ratio) and for winter climbing the ratio is 1:1 or 1:2.

For winter walking and climbing there is a simple day rate that varies only according to the guiding ratio.

1:1 220 per day
1:2 250   "   "
1:3 270   "   "
1:4 300   "   "

Please note there may be additional travel and accommodation expenses.