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Courses and events calendar

We offer a wide range of great value mountain skills courses and climbing coaching workshops, held in locations across Scotland. We also organise talks, lectures and other events during the year to help you grow your knowledge and meet other hill walkers, climbers and mountaineers. Check out the full schedule below and click for more information and prices.

Please note: We indicate whether courses are fully booked below, but please be aware this is not an automatic update, so the situation may change overnight. 

Course waiting lists

We operate a waiting list for all our fully-booked events to fill spaces that become available after cancellations. Please add your details to the waiting list for the courses and dates you are interested in and we will be in touch if any places become available.

December 2021

Join Mountaineering Scotland's Ben Gibson on a journey into the winter mountains to find out how to plan for a great day out in winter.

Venue: Cotswold Outdoor, Glasgow West End


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Winter skills course

Join Mountaineering Scotland's Ben Gibson on a journey into the winter mountains to find out how to plan for a great day out in winter.

Venue: Craigdon Mountain Sports, Edinburgh


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Winter skills course

Join Mountaineering Scotland's Ben Gibson on a journey into the winter mountains to find out how to plan for a great day out in winter.

Venue: Craigdon Mountain Sports, Aberdeen


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Winter skills course

The essential skills of walking with an axe and crampons, ice axe self- arrest, navigation, winter safety, avalanche avoidance and much more

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Winter skills course

January 2022

The essential skills of walking with an axe and crampons, ice axe self- arrest, navigation, winter safety, avalanche avoidance and much more

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Winter skills course

Nine hours of intensive winter navigation training with particular consideration to avoidance of avalanche-prone slopes and cornice features.

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Winter navigation course

If you're new to winter hill walking, join Ben Gibson, Mountain Safety Adviser to find out what you need to think about, how to plan your days out, what to take with you and the skills, equipment and knowledge that will help you stay safe and enjoy winter in the hills. Free event, donations welcome.

Venue: Online (Zoom) 7pm start

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Winter navigation course

The essential skills of walking with an axe and crampons, ice axe self- arrest, navigation, winter safety, avalanche avoidance and much more

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Winter skills course

Join Ben Gibson, Mountain Safety Adviser for a journey into the winter mountains and a refresher on the skills and mindset you need to enjoy the challenges of winter in the Scottish hills safely. 

Free event, donations welcome.

Venue: Online (Zoom) 7pm start

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Winter navigation course

The essential skills of walking with an axe and crampons, ice axe self- arrest, navigation, winter safety, avalanche avoidance and much more

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Winter skills course

Nine hours of intensive winter navigation training with particular consideration to avoidance of avalanche-prone slopes and cornice features.

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Winter navigation course

For university and college club members this training weekend will give participants a strong grounding in a range of essential skills for venturing into Scotland's mountains in winter that they can build upon in the future and share with fellow club members.

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Students winter weekend

The essential skills of walking with an axe and crampons, ice axe self- arrest, navigation, winter safety, avalanche avoidance and much more

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Winter skills course

The essential skills of walking with an axe and crampons, ice axe self- arrest, navigation, winter safety, avalanche avoidance and much more

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Winter skills course

Nine hours of intensive winter navigation training with particular consideration to avoidance of avalanche-prone slopes and cornice features.

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Winter navigation course

This workshop looks at the very basics of climbing, focusing on balance and movement and the key principles of the sport.

Venue:  Eden Rock, Loanhead

Booking open

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Fundamentals of climbing 1

The essential skills of walking with an axe and crampons, ice axe self- arrest, navigation, winter safety, avalanche avoidance and much more

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Winter skills course

Nine hours of intensive winter navigation training with particular consideration to avoidance of avalanche-prone slopes and cornice features.

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Winter navigation course

Increase your knowledge of snow and avalanches, learn which areas to avoid, and improve your understanding of reports and forecasts. The course will consist of an indoor introduction to avalanche theory followed by a practical session on the hill.

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Avalanche awareness course

Increase your knowledge of snow and avalanches, learn which areas to avoid, and improve your understanding of reports and forecasts. The course will consist of an indoor introduction to avalanche theory followed by a practical session on the hill.

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Avalanche awareness course

February 2022

For university and college club members who already have both winter skills and some rock climbing experience, who want to move into winter climbing.



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Students winter climbing weekend

Join Mountaineering Scotland's Ben Gibson on a journey into the winter mountains to find out how to plan for a great day out in winter.

Venue: Tiso, Aviemore


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Winter skills course

This workshop investigates in greater detail many of the most basic sport-specific techniques (movements), building on the key movements in FUNdamentals of climbing 1 and developing them from the off-vertical (slab) medium to vertical and overhanging medium.

Venue: Eden Rock, Loanhead

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Fundamentals of climbing 2

This workshop looks at the very basics of climbing, focusing on balance and movement and the key principles of the sport.

Venue: EICA Ratho

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Fundamentals of climbing 1

March 2022

This workshop investigates in greater detail many of the most basic sport-specific techniques (movements), building on the key movements in FUNdamentals of climbing 1 and developing them from the off-vertical (slab) medium to vertical and overhanging medium.

Venue: EICA Ratho

Booking open

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Fundamentals of climbing 2

This two-day course is aimed at members of snowsports touring clubs affiliated to Mountaineering Scotland, and who either aspire to, or are already taking the lead role on club trips.

This course is suitable for snowsports tourers who have a good level of hill and ski fitness and who are confident on moderate slopes off-piste. Moderate slopes would equate to a red run and the course will involve skinning up onto the Cairngorm Plateau..

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Snow sports touring