With a covering of snow Scotland’s mountains reveal their true colours, and can pose a technical challenge equal to any range in the world. Winter mountaineering is beautiful, exhilarating, tiring, unique and totally unmissable! On the first day we will show you the skills needed to explore the transformed terrain safely. Safety and planning are paramount in winter, so we ask everybody to do this. To come on this trip, you must attend the Winter Briefing that will be held in December, and we require that you have been on at least one weekend trip. The club provides ice axes, crampons and helmets, but you will need to bring a pair of B2 or B3 rated mountaineering boots along with everything else on our Winter Kit List. When you climb out of a steep snowy gully onto the Cairngorm plateau and reach your first winter summit though, all the investment and training will be completely worth it! This trip has the option to leave Leeds both on the Thursday evening and Friday evening, if you just can’t get enough. The morning starts are early, the long late journeys through the night are tiring and the weather can be pitiful; but the fire in your heart the morning you arrive home will leave you feeling no regrets.