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Glen Coe Winter Ascent

WINTER HILLWALKING AND MOUNTAINEERING IN SCOTLAND

About Us

We are passionate about the natural world and its beautiful wild places.

We have a deep respect and appreciation for the environment and a love for adventure and silent human-powered sports.

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Our Winter Hillwalking trips take place in the Glen Coe and Black Mount region.

Weather conditions play a key role in planning, safety and route choice, and will always dictate the final location on the day.

There are 282 mountains in Scotland over 914m / 3000ft. We are in these mountains year round exploring and guiding clients to summits in wild and remote locations.

During the winter season we focus on the iconic summits of the Western Highlands.

Winter in the Scottish mountains is a serious and highly rewarding undertaking. Reduced daylight, snow and continually changing conditions in wild and remote locations make for a real mountaineering adventure.

Glen Coe is one of the most magnificent areas of natural wilderness in the whole of Britain with many and varied summits and ridges of over 3000 feet.

In winter it represents an awe inspiring and significant challenge. Summits include Bidean nam Bian which at 1150m is the highest in Glen Coe and Argyle.

Other iconic summits we regularly lead client to are Stob Coire nan Lochan, Buachaille Etive Mor and its little sister Buachaille Etive Beag.

Together these represent some of the most beautiful mountains in the UK and beyond.

Your professional guide in a group of no more than 6 will focus on how to use an ice axe and crampons and how to navigate safely through steep terrain often under snow.

The emphasis will be on winter skills, mountain weather forecasts, avalanche awareness, navigation, accurate decision-making and building confidence in the mountains to become your own independent adventurer.

Recent Glen Coe Winter Mountaineering Trips

winter climbing Stob Dubh with Ocean Vertical Glen Coe Scotland

Keeping out the spindrift on the summit of Bidean nam Bian at 1150 meters

winter mountaineering with Ocean Vertical Meall nan Tarmachan and Meall Garbh Scotland

A very happy client on the summit of Stob Coire nan Lochan in Glen Coe

stob coire nan lochan glen coe winter

Taking a photo opportunity below Stob Coire nan Lochan in Glen Coe

Buachaille Etive Beag and Stob Dubh winter mountaineering Glen Coe

Navigating in full winter conditions on Buachaille Etive Beag in Glen Coe

Ocean Vertical winter skills training on Buachaille Etive Beag in Glen Coe

Winter hillwalking doesn't get much better than this on Buachaille Etive Beag in Glen Coe

Winter mountaineering and climbing on Bidean nan Bian in Glen Coe Scotland

Clients taking a deserved photo opportunity on the summit of Buachaille Etive Beag in Glen Coe

Customer Reviews

Ocean Vertical is brought together by people who live and breathe the mountain and outdoor life to the full extent. I have spent an absolutely amazing time with Stevie and Adrian and Ocean Vertical climbing in the Scottish mountains.

The practical and technical information they pass on to people is truly their passion, and it is felt on the journey, in the mountains and their lifestyle. That you Ocean Vertical – 5 stars :]

Dianaliis | Estonia

Amazing day out winter mountaineering in Scotland in the snow with Stevie and Adrian yesterday. We learned loads of new techniques including how to use crampons and an ice axe! Feeling more confident in managing Scottish winter conditions and looking forward to getting another day out with them soon.

Ciara | Edinburgh

Had a fantastic day out learning basic mountaineering under the tutorage of Stevie and Adrian. Lots of knowledge shared on key skills for the mountain, as well as having a go with crampons and ice axe for the first time.

Felt safe at all times and throughout the day the guys did a fantastic job make sure the pace was suitable for the whole group.

Brilliant value for money, will definitely do again very soon and can’t recommend enough!

Pete | Haddington

Lucky enough this year to go out with Ocean Vertical winter mountaineering in Glen Coe, paddle boarding in East Lothian and just recently rock climbing outdoors in Northumberland. Each experience has been an awesome day! Learning valuable skills like navigation in the winter to learning how to safely climb on rock from Stevie and Adrian who are both great at what they do. Loads of experience and knowledge in the outdoors. Looking forward to hopefully more adventure in Scotland soon.

Darrel | East Lothian

Thoroughly enjoyed another trip mountaineering to stunning Glen Coe with the highly experienced team at Ocean Vertical. With transparent and on-going risk assessment, Stevie and Adrian strive to provide their adventurers with the best experience in the conditions available – adapting where necessary with their extensive knowledge of the area. Whether it’s been paddle boarding, climbing or mountaineering in Scotland, I have always had a safe and truly rewarding experience. Can’t wait to get out with them again!

Ruth | East Lothian

What a day! Spectacular weather and views. Lots of snow and it was freezing! First time with an ice axe and crampons. The guys at Ocean Vertical were brilliant. We talked about planning, decision-making, navigation and how to use our technical equipment – I now know how to fit a crampon! Huge thanks and will be back!

Karen | Edinburgh

First time with an ice axe and crampons! What a day in the Glen Coe mountains with Ocean Vertical. It was absolutely breath taking with amazing views and lots of snow! Feeling a lot more confident after this trip and cant wait to get out again….. Brilliant!

Sally | Edinburgh

I thought we were mad getting up for a 3.30am start to go winter hillwalking! I now know why we did it. Watching the winter sunrise over Glen Coe was pretty special. Would I do it again? I’m already booked in for my next trip!

Emily | Edinburgh

What a adventure climbing with Ocean Vertical in Glen Coe!. Not being an experienced climber the guides led us to the top of a very snowy mountain with knowledge experience and skill. Mesmerised by the views I am already looking to book my next trip. There is a whole other world in those mountains – epic day. They also provided transport, ice axes, crampons and boots!

Sarah | North Berwick

I was working in Edinburgh and planned to do some walking with a group of friends. A colleague recommended Ocean Vertical. I called but they were booked out, had a call-back and they coordinated a mountain trip for us!
A day later, I was standing 3,500 feet up on Stob Coire nan Lochan in snow and ice looking out over the most incredible scenery in Glen Coe, a brilliant trip that I couldn’t have accessed without Stevie and Adrian who were fabulous guides. Totally recommend!

Angus | London

Trip Overview

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Availability

November - April

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Duration

10-12 hours

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Difficulty

Challenging

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Language

English

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Meeting Point

6.30am. Ingliston Park and Ride EH28 8LS Edinburgh Airport [Or Wallyford Park and Ride EH21 8BU at 6am / or contact us]

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Minimum Age

16

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Total Distance

8 - 15km

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Mountaineering Time

5-8 hours

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Summit

1150m

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Group Size

Maximum 6

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Minimum Number

3

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Weather

If the weather is unsafe your Guide will choose an alternative mountain location

What’s included (and not)

Included

  • Experienced & qualified guide
  • Ice Axe
  • Crampons
  • Helmet
  • 25L rucksack
  • Transport to and from the mountains.

Not Included

  • Winter mountaineering boots - crampon compatible
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm clothing
  • Hat and gloves
  • Lunch

Optional extras

  • Winter mountaineering boots - crampon compatible [please contact us]

What to bring with you

Winter mountaineering boots - crampon compatible

Waterproof trousers

Please do not use cotton clothing

Wool socks

Base layer

Gloves – plus spares

Lightweight fleece

Warm hat – plus spare

Fleece or soft-shell jacket

Spare fleece / warm top

Trousers – synthetic that dry quickly

Lunch, snacks and liquid

Waterproof jacket with hood

Glen Coe trip map

Edinburgh to Glen Coe / 116.6 miles (187.6 km)

Book your adventure

Contact us for the 2021 / 2022 winter season

  • We will then be in touch to discuss and organise your adventure.
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Adventure Activities Licensing Authority ASI Accredited School - Stand Up Paddle ASI Academy of Surfing Instructors NCC Promoting Safe Coasteering