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February 2017

Rjukan 2017 – New Film

Here is the film from last weeks trip to Rjukan - enjoy!  

Rjukan 2017

I have spent the last week in Norway for our annual ice climbing course in Rjukan. We have had a fantastic week with great ice and good company, short walk ins and even a bit of skiing thrown into the mix. I was joined by Shae, Bala, Julia, Shohista, Andy and Martin and by fellow [...]

Scottish Winter Skills Week

It has been a much snowier week up in Scotland this week for our 5 day winter skills course with Chris, David, John, Alan and Gerry. At times there has been too much snow but thats the joys of winter in Scotland - it is forever variable! The first day kicked off with a plan [...]

Winter Skills Weekend

It has been all change this weekend for our Scottish winter skills course with a huge amount of fresh snow on the mountains - almost too much at times! With avalanches carrying climbers on both Ben Nevis and the Cairngorms this weekend it shows what a difference 24 hours can make in the mountains! We [...]

Ice, Rock & Snow

For the last two days of our winter mountaineering week Huw took over the reigns. Unfortunately poor old Steve had blackened his big toe in the first half of the week and so he wasn't able to join the fun - opting for a couple of days of photography instead. Huw and Andy headed back [...]

January 2017

Curved Ridge, Buachaille Etive Mor

Whilst checking the weather forecasts this morning, Steve, Andy and I would have been forgiven for selecting a low level walk for today! The Met Office were forecasting 80mph gusts on the summits, thankfully MWIS were suggesting 40mph as a top wind speed and so we decided to head up Curved Ridge and see what [...]

Winter Mountaineering Week in Scotland

I am back in Scotland again this week, working with Steve and Andy who have both been out with me for winter skills and winter mountaineering courses in previous years and are back this year for some more winter fun. We headed up onto Ben Nevis to kick the week off. Since it had been [...]

Rock & Ice

Well it was a day of rock and ice split nicely between afternoon and morning sessions. Neither was unfortunately out in the mountains though. The wind was forecast to gust up to 100mph today and with the snow line seemingly retreated to the top of the highest hills Huw and I didn't feel like we had many [...]

Dorsal Arete, Glencoe

For the second day of our winter mountaineering course the boys and I headed up into Stob Coire nan Lochain in Glencoe. The route of choice for today was Dorsal Arete which gave good sport in the rather damp conditions. It has been precipitating hard all day, unfortunately it has been warmer than forecast and [...]

Winter Mountaineering Course

This week Huw has arrived in Scotland and together we are running our first winter mountaineering course of the year. This course aims to take people onto grade 1-3 ground and we have been joined by repeat clients Russ, Oli and Tom. We walked into the North Face of Ben Nevis and split into two [...]