/ How can I get into winter climbing?
After Christmas I would like to start climbing some winter mountain routes if the conditions are right but I don't really know where to start.
My current experience -
I climb around E1 single pitch / VS mountain routes and I have completed my SPA & ML Summer training. Last winter I climbed a few easy scrambles in the snow but at the time I didn't have technical tools or crampons.
My kit -
Sportiva Trango Evo's & BD Serac crampons.
BD Vipers & full trad rack.
Mammut Genesis half ropes.
Petzl helmet & head torch.
Emergency shelter, first aid kit and compact snow shovel.
Apologies if this subject has already been covered. Any advice or tips on getting started would be really appreciated, thank you in advance.
Read Winter Climbing+, then read all the other winter books.
If you live in N Wales your in the best place south of Glasgow, so you'll get lots more chances than most!
Never did me any harm.
Kind of depends on your approach to new stuff. Do you want to work it out yourself or do you want to pay for a course and hopfully avoid some of the more elementary pitfalls / learning opportunities.
I have just ordered a few winter climbing books and I will get in touch with PYB over the weekend to find out more about the winter skills courses.
Thanks again everyone
In reply to highclimber:
Thank you for the offer, if its not too much trouble that would be awesome!
Just hook up with a partner who's climbed in winter before, show up in the Norries on January 30th or thereabouts, and join the queue... At that time of year you should very likely get some decent action in the white stuff, and if you can climb E1, you'll be off and running in no time.
Just bear in mind these two differences from rock:
1) After you've climbed it, rock does not generally fall down within the next 3 months. Ice/ snow generally does. BE PARANOID.
2) In belayed rock-climbing on a route where there's gear, falling off is quite often an option. In belayed ice-climbing on a route where there's gear, falling off is usually not an option. DON'T FALL OFF.
Find someone whose got a little more winter experience than you. Then off you go. It's how we all learned once.
Hi tradley, I'll play! I'm keen to do a bit more winter stuff this year but would still class myself as a novice winter climber. Let me know if you're up for it & take it from there..
Cheers, rob (lee's mate)
Two days of free winter climbing training on grade I/II ground from folk who are going to try their best to give you a brilliant couple of days out, overseen by someone else. What's not to like!?
To echo what others have said - you need to find more experienced climbing partners. That's far more important than anything else.
join a club, its the best way to meet loads of people with various levels of experience.
If you're in NE.Wales, we'd be more than happy to meet you
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