Chris Plant Mountaineering can provide a wide range of experiences in Scotland. From taking first steps in the Cairngorms to winter mountaineering in the snow to ice climbing adventures. Bespoke experiences will be tailored to meet your needs and level of experience. Please contact us directly for more information.
We feel that Scotland’s mountains offer the best opportunities for summer and winter mountaineering in the UK. Magnificent cliffs, gullies and ridges abound, not to mention the distant views and a country that is steeped in cultural and historical beauty. While Scotland does not have permanent snow cover on its hills, there are many opportunities in the Scottish mountains for winter mountaineering.
But what is ‘mountaineering’? And what separates it from walking or rock climbing?
Mountaineering is defined as: ‘The ascent of hills and mountains where the use of technical equipment is essential for either hands or feet’.
One way to look at this is when the use of technical equipment – crampons, ice axe, rope etc – becomes required in summer or winter for protection in case of a fall, and then you have strayed into the realm of mountaineering.
With mountain cliffs up to 2,000ft in height, long complicated ridges and peaks with rugged rocky sections which cannot be bypassed simply on foot, mountaineering skills are required.
Mountaineering obviously encompasses climbing skills which are integral to the activity and many of the rougher parts of the Scottish hills offer great summer mountaineering opportunities. By joining us at Chris Plant Mountaineering we will look at movement skills, navigation, decision making and other adventurous mountaineering activities. We will help you to make the progression to the Scottish Mountains during the winter months; discussing routes, the ecology and local history. With the arctic sub climate and the majestic peaks, through to the glens and then up over and through the high passes – a Scottish mountaineering adventure will give you memories that will last a life time.
Please contact us to discuss your Scottish mountaineering experience