There are many ways to get your winter climbing career started, here are a few suggestions:
There is additional equipment needed for winter climbing: not only your climbing rack but other personal clothing and not to mention ice axes and crampons. A good way of learning what works for you can be to try different types out. A few of the technical additions you’ll need are:
Having all this equipment is a good start but it is important to know how to use it all! Previous summer hillwalking experience is essential for winter climbing, and experience of rock climbing - particularly familiarity with rope work - is a great advantage. Being confident on your feet in the mountains and having the fitness levels required are both key to having a good winter experience.
From choosing the right kit to using it wisely on the route, winter climbing requires new skills, even if you have a background in summer rock climbing. These videos from Glenmore Lodge will give an idea of some of the basics.