Summer Mountaineering Experience

SUMMER MOUNTAINEERING EXPERIENCE

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.

More about us

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.

Let us make the decision based on the best weather conditions and guide you to the summits of some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in Europe.

In the warmer months, the longer hours of daylight open up fantastic opportunities to keep exploring the Scottish mountains. Mountaineering in Scotland is a long and special day, the reward is silent and immense with many and spectacular locations to choose from: the famous and iconic peaks of Glen Coe to the little known mountain wilderness of Black Mount, and Bridge of Orchy.

By Loch Tay, there is the spectacular formation of the Tarmachan Ridge and the original home of Scottish skiing Ben Lawers. The Cairngorms represent the most extensive range of arctic mountain landscape in the UK, and also its second-highest mountain Ben Macdui at 1309m. These are just a few of the mountains within easy reach for the day.

You will learn how to pre-plan and navigate safely through steep terrain, focusing on skills, mountain weather forecasts, accurate decision making and building confidence in the mountains to become your own independent adventurer.

Recent Summer Mountaineering Trips

Had a super day out in the hills (fairly big hills) with OV. Both Stevie & Adrian are experts what they do, complimenting any anxiety with understanding and calmness. Nothing was any trouble for these two.

Myself and those I climbed with were put at ease from the walk in to the walk out. We were given time to eat, rest and to absorb the splendour and majesty of those hills!

I learned so much in one day from map reading, to weather reading, even that apple cores & bananas do not decompose as fast as we think… take them home!

More importantly and as someone who has an irrational fear of heights I was reminded ‘your feet never leave the ground’ Even if the trajectory is steep, your feet are still planted. Thank you, I look forward to my next Scottish winter mountaineering adventure with you OV.

 

Lisa | East Lothian

Just back from a day with Stevie and Adrian. Both are masters of there trade. Making sure everyone was comfortable and understanding the terrain. I felt in very safe hands on my first winter mountaineering day out with the boys.

I would highly recommend Ocean Vertical to everyone thinking of winter mountaineering in Scotland. Both guys’ are very knowledgeable of mountains and the surrounding areas. I’ll definitely be back out with Ocean Vertical very soon!

Kev | Newcastle

Fantastic day out with Stevie and Adrian today climbing Stob Ghabhar. Scottish winter mountaineering at its best! These guys really know their stuff and I felt in very safe hands for my first venture up to this height in winter.

Amazing experience and I learned to use an ice axe and crampons! to be repeated! Highly recommended!

Caroline | Edinburgh

Exceptionally great outings! I have done Scottish winter mountaineering, coasteering and soon paddle boarding in East Lothian with this company.

The team are very informative about the terrain experienced and the activity we’re doing. The team are really kind and pleasant to be touring with, recommend this company 100%.

Fiona | Edinburgh

Enjoyed a great day in early January with Stevie and Adrian bagging 3 Munro’s – Ben Lawers, An Stuc and Beinn Ghlas.

Great to have the knowledge to take us on the less trodden route to the top of Ben Lawers, help negotiate the atmospheric conditions on the day and give us options for climbs. Thanks, guys! Looking forward to the next winter mountaineering in Scotland trip!

Gary | 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

Visiting Scotland and finding myself with a free day and needing a quick mountain fix, Ocean Vertical arranged a 15 km Scottish winter mountaineering experience to Stob Ghabhar by the Little Aonach Eagach for me in typical Fall / winter conditions, lots of grey swirling cloud giving epic glimpses of Rannoch Moor and the Glen Coe mountains.

Highly professional with lots of advice and crucially encouragement; and they got me there and back from Edinburgh. I’d definitively use Ocean Vertical for my next fix when I visit Scotland again; inordinately recommended!

Brian | New York

Trip Overview

Availability

April - October

Duration

10-12 hours

Difficulty

Moderate / challenging

Language

English

Meeting Point

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

Minimum Age

14

Total Distance

10 - 15km

Mountaineering Time

5-8 hours

Summit

900m - 1345m

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
  • 25L rucksack
  • Ground transportation at the beginning & end of the trek

Not Included

  • Hiking boots - waterproof
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm clothing
  • Hat and gloves
  • Lunch

Optional extras

  • Hiking boots - waterproof

What to bring with you

Hiking boots – waterproof

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

Sun tan cream and insect repellent

Trip map

Distance dependent on location

Upcoming Departures

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Summer Mountaineering Experience

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Adventure Activities Licensing Authority ASI Accredited School - Stand Up Paddle ASI Academy of Surfing Instructors NCC Promoting Safe Coasteering