Glen Coe Winter Ascent

WINTER MOUNTAINEERING

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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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.

Your professional guide, with a group on no more than 6, will focus on planning, mountain weather conditions, navigation, mountain awareness and safe decision-making.

You will learn how to use an ice axe and crampons and how to navigate safely through steep terrain often under snow. It’s a breath-taking experience surrounded by cliffs and snow-covered peaks of extraordinary scale and beauty.

It’s also a genuine challenge in a true wilderness setting.

Recent Glen Coe Winter Mountaineering Trips

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.

The way they would like to educate people about the outdoors is a remarkable and first-hand experience, it feels as if you are talking to the mountain itself, getting answers from the direct source.

They will take you perhaps to your great unknown and leave you with the feeling that you have accomplished something, learnt something new and that now you are a part of a community where you can always return to.

I thoroughly enjoy spending time mountaineering in Scotland with them and cannot wait to learn more from and with them! See you on the next adventure!

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

Trip Overview

Availability

November - April

Duration

10-12 hours

Difficulty

Challenging

Language

English

Meeting Point

6.30AM Ingliston Park and Ride by Edinburgh Airport EH28 8LS [Or contact us]

Minimum Age

14

Total Distance

6 - 10km

Mountaineering Time

5-8 hours

Summit

1150m

Group Size

Maximum 6

Minimum Number

2

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
  • Ground transportation at the beginning & end of the trek

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)

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Glen Coe Winter Ascent

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