Winter has come. It’s time to dust off your ice tools and polish your aspirations. And if you want to leave the easier gullies behind and head onto technical ground this season, then check out our new winter skills films.
At the start of every season, it’s time to take a long look at yourself in the mirror and ask: what do you want your season to be this year? Do you want to climb the same grade as last year, or do you want to push yourself?
If you want to leave the grade I/II gullies behind then that means tackling technical ground of grade III and beyond. Climbing and protecting yourself on steeper ground requires building up your winter skills, so we’ve launched a fourth series of winter skills films to help you get established.
Follow Heather Morning from Mountaineering Scotland and Richard Bentley from Mountain Motion, as they explain the skills you’ll need to climb grade III mixed ground in these seven short films.
The films are produced exclusively for BMC TV in association with the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI), Lowe Alpine and DMM.
These videos will make you aware of the skills you’ll need in the winter environment. But remember, if you're at all unsure about your skills then get some face-to-face instruction from an experienced guide.
This series is the fourth in our range of winter skills videos. If you want to start at the beginning, check out:
Or watch them all in our YouTube winter playlist
Winter skills series four: this time it's technical
WATCH: Climbing snow and frozen turf to a belay
WATCH: Bringing up a climbing partner
WATCH: Swapping leads at the belay
WATCH: Climbing and protecting steeper mixed ground
WATCH: Transitions between technical and easy ground
WATCH: Leashes or leashless? Placing nuts...
WATCH: Climbing steep ice - tactics and placing ice screws
Take your winter adventure skills to the next level with #MakeWinterCount.
These popular events are back to help you stride out into the winter hills and mountains with confidence. We will be running three events this year, with in person evenings in London on 29th November and Manchester on 30th November, and a virtual event on Zoom on 1st December.
This event is brilliant for anyone who wants to learn more about winter hill and mountain skills. You'll go from bumbling about to striding with confidence to the summit after you've gained all the knowledge from our experts Sam Leary and Mick Jones.
The evening will cover everything the new winter adventurer could possibly need including:
What to wear
Planning your day
Reading the weather
Packing a rucksack
Boots, crampons & axes
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