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.
In reply to BradleyWhite: bearing in mind where you are then going along to the winter symposium at PYB would probably be a good starting point or getting on a winter skills course with them would be good ( much better than the "make it up as you go school of mountaineering )
In reply to BradleyWhite: If you've done summer ML training you shouldn't be a total numpty at navigation and whatnot, so I'd say read lots of books (libraries are good for this ;), find someone else who wants to go winter climbing, and errr... well, go winter climbing! Be sensible, don't try anything too hard and I'm sure you'll have fun and be fine.
If you live in N Wales your in the best place south of Glasgow, so you'll get lots more chances than most!
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.
In reply to BradleyWhite:
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..
In reply to BradleyWhite: get to somewhere like Glencoe and get out on the hill....good climbing in winter starts with time spent being out in winter conditions....walk lots and build up bit by bit. Get in the clach and see who's doing what the next day and tag along!
In reply to BradleyWhite: your profile says you're based in North Wales...whete abouts?
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