An exhilarating and exciting guided ascent of one of Corrán Tuathail’s Classic grade I/II Winter routes including Winter skills tuition. This course is aimed at the regular hill-walker who now wishes to gain the relevant skills to competently venture out in the snow and ice covered hills and mountains. No previous experience of winter hill walking is necessary. As winter days can be strenuous, a good level of hill fitness is required which is only gained from regular hillwalking days of over 7+ hours.
These particular ascents/courses are strictly limited to favourable snow conditions so don’t miss out!
The main topics covered are:
- Selection, choice and organisation of personal kit appropriate to winter hill walking
- Personal movement skills on snow, including kicking steps and using the ice axe for walking, cutting steps, and self-arrest
- Use of crampons in ascent/descent
- Emergency procedures/Mountain Rescue
- Avalanche awareness and safe route choice
- Movement over grade I winter snow and ‘scrambling’ type terrain
- Basic rope work and belaying using the rope alone
- Constructing and using snow and ice axe anchors as well as body belays
Price: €90pp (Minimum numbers required)
Own Boots are required. These would need to be B2 or B3 rated – ie stiff or semi stiffened sole. General/Summer walking boots are NOT appropriate or acceptable. Contact us to discuss if you are unsure!
Crampons and Ice axes are available to hire at €5 per item.
Full equipment list is provided upon booking.
Courses run from 8am – 5pm
Starting/meeting point is Cronin’s Yard Tea Rooms, Mealis, Beaufort.
Here’s a Tripadvisor review of what previous client thought of his day:
“There aren’t enough words to describe how much I enjoyed my day out in the hills with Piaras from Kerry Climbing, but I’ll try! Having climbed Carrauntoohill via the “normal” routes, I felt like getting my teeth into something more adventurous. So when I saw the chance to learn winter skills and climb Curve Gully I jumped at the chance. I wasn’t disappointed, the climb was truly fantastic, a must for everybody.
Piaras has a great way of sharing his vast knowledge of the skills and the mountains. The practical part of the winter skills was well thought out, there’s nothing like a well explained demonstration followed by trying it for yourself. Piaras is great company for the day and it felt like climbing with a buddy rather than a guide. A special mention for Catherine in ‘base camp’. Once I rang and put my name down for the course, I had an email back with the booking form, details of times and meeting points and a list of items that I’d need for the day. Afterwards I was absolutely delighted to get an email from her with photos from the day, a really nice touch. I’d highly recommend them and I’m already thinking about what I’d do next time.”