Winter skills films series four: climbing grade III

Posted by Alex Messenger on 29/11/2017
This time it's technical. Photo: Alex Messenger.

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:

WATCH: Winter skills series one: the basics

WATCH: Winter skills series two: the basics part deux

WATCH: Winter skills series three: climbing grade I/II

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


#MakeWinterCount

Calling all winter warriors – share your winter journey to join our amazing competition. Want to find out how to win free stuff with your polar pics? Read on.

Over the whole of winter, starting in November, the BMC and Lowe Alpine are running an immense competition that you don't want to miss.

If you've a penchant for snowy slopes, frosty escapades, or dicey ice adventures, make sure to take some epic snaps or short videos along the way. Then, when you return to your hero's welcome, share your winter journey with us via social media with the right hashtag to enter our fantastic monthly prize draw.

There'll be a final grand prize in February of two nights and one day out walking or climbing with world-class British mountaineer Andy Cave.

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Watch and learn: BMC TV's Winter Skills Videos

Become a winter warrior with BMC TV's skills channel. Watch our series of educational winter videos:

Series one: The Basics

Series two: The Basics Part Deux

Series three: Climbing Grade I/II

Series four: Time to get technical

WATCH: Climbing and protecting steeper mixed ground

READ: Essential winter know-how


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