Ice Climbing

Climb a frozen waterfall, ascend a classic ‘goulotte’ or gully in the big mountains. More ice than you could ever dream of in Scotland and often with roadside access. Early in the winter season is the time I like to ice climb, before the skiing takes over. Join me for an introduction to ice climbing in one of the venues below or choose your own itinerary for personalized trip.

Suggested Trips

  • La Grave – near Grenoble in France. Many different venues are available, with climbing from Scottish grade 2 to as steep as you like. This could be combined with skiing to give your tired arms a rest.
  • Chamonix – This Alpine capital offers opportunities for near roadside cascades or the famous ice falls reached via the lifts of the Grands Montets ski field and the many high mountain couloirs and faces in the Valley Blanche.
  • Val de Cogne – This valley is fantastic. Imagine sitting on the seat of your car while fitting crampons, then walking 10 meters over to a 6 pitch waterfall. Abseil back down and sample Italian hospitality.


Price:- These trips and other private guiding are offered, starting at £350 per day + expenses.

Expenses will vary with the itinerary chosen.



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Graham McMahon • International Mountain Guide