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April 2019

Practicing skills on Moel yr Hydd

The skills that were learnt yesterday on the Navigation and Mountain Skills Course were put into practice today on a little circuit though Cwm Orthin and over the lovely little hill of Moel yr Hydd. The team did really well and should hopefully now feel confident that they've got the skills to head off for [...]

Navigating our way back to Wales

It might be just another Monday morning but it's the first of the year's courses back in Wales. I've been out with Nicola, Paul, Ramesh, Michelle, Beth and Lesley on the first day of our Mountain Skills and Navigation Course. We didn't stray far from the Siabod Cafe but have had a busy day nonetheless [...]

March 2019

Snowier Day in Stob Coire nan Lochan

The last day of the Winter Skills Weekend and the last day of the 2019 expeditionguide winter courses. John, Ty, Dan, Lee and myself didn't have the same weather as yesterday to enjoy but making a plan that accounted for the forecast we headed into Glencoe's Stob Coire nan Lochan.  Once up there we completed [...]

Stella Day in Scotland Today

We had a productive day to end Tom and Laura's week of mountaineering yesterday but high winds and heavy rain meant that we split the day between The Ice Factor and Onich Slabs. Today, the start of a Winter Skills Weekend, has been a totally different day. In bright sunshine and in the best underfoot [...]

Mega Day on Creag Meagaidh

Following yesterday's damp outing I didn't have high hopes for today but by traveling a little bit eastwards Tom, Laura and me have had a belter of a day. We've been up onto Creag Meagaidh ascending by the enormous Raeburn's Gully.  A bit of 'white room' navigation was required to reach the summit before we [...]

Dragon’s Tooth Revisited

A revisit to the Dragon's Tooth for me and Rob today. With the thaw well and truly set in we made what we think was the best of the mountaineering options and took Tim, Tom and Laura up through the forest above Ballachulish and across the ridge of Sgor a Chaolais, otherwsie known as the [...]

A Cooler Place to Climb?

Looking around for a cooler place to climb we traveled across to the Cairngorms today. Summit temperatures were still forecast to be above freezing but with a genuinely warm wind blowing when we arrived things weren't quite as cold as we had hoped for. Walking towards Coire an t-Sneachda in the sunshine was all very [...]

Aonach Eagach and Stron na Lairig

We've had a nice enough day of weather with which to start this week's Winter Mountaineering Course. Rob led Tim up Stob Coire Sgreamhach's Stron na Lairig whilst I was on the the other side a Glencoe leading Tom and Laura along the Aonach Eagach. The snow under foot on both routes was firm enough [...]

A Safe Bet with Golden Oldie

The Scottish mountains are certainly under snow again but despite cosmetic appearances a certain amount of thought is currently required when thinking about where and what to climb right now. Rob, Rachel, Shay and myself on the first day of our Five Day Winter Mountaineering/Climbing Course opted for the safe bet of Aonach Mor's Golden [...]

February 2019

Great End to the Trip at Golsjuvet

That's the last day of this year's trip to Norway done and Rob, Dave and myself spent the final morning in the gorge of Golsjuvet. There was plenty of laughter and banter and we maximised Dave’s strong arms! It was a magical place to climb and a nice way to end another great trip. [...]

Steep Ice and Deep Snow

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Dave's been working today and Rob's been skiing. I've been out climbing with John who's taken Dave's place as my rope gun today. John's run a couple of climbing trips out here before so I went with his local knowledge (an enthusiasm to seek out some steep ice) and followed [...]

The Sun Doesn’t Shine on the Righetous

Aspirations are fluctuating with each read of the weather forecast but this morning at least Rob, Dave and me have managed to find some nice ice climbing. Rob and myself are hanging around in Norway for a few more days climbing and Dave has some more instructing work to do. We've shifted base to Hemsedal [...]

Final Blast at Krokan

We've had a big team outing at Krokan for the final day of our Rjukan Ice Climbing Week. There's a bit of a thaw going on right now but whilst a bit of care was certainly needed with any hanging ice formations the ice that we could safely get at was nice and soft for [...]

A Longer Route for the Team Today

Rob and me took our teams up multi-pitch ice routes today where they were able to put into practice the skills that were learnt yesterday. We both went to the area known as Bolgen where Rob, Richard and Tracy climbed the route of the same name. Rich, Tom and me were just next door on [...]

Start of the Rjukan week at Alset

Without really going home we’ve moved on from mountaineering in Wester Ross to ice climbing in Norway on our Rjukan Ice Climbing Week. Me, Rob and our quartet of ice climbers have started the week at a place neither of us had visited before, the ice falls in the gorge at Alset. It was a [...]

Nice and Easy Way to End the Week

We've had more then our fair share of luck with the weather this week but we'll claim the credit for a sound decision today. With high wind and heavy rain forecast we switched from mountaineering over rocky ridges to the collection of Oli's 50th Munro. Fionn Bheinn is described in Cameron McNeish's Munros book as [...]

Unintended route on the East End of Liathach

We might have set off with a plan but the mountain has dictated the terms for most of the day. The idea was an east-west traverse of Liathach's fine and famous Pinnacles but our beeline to the starting Munro of Spidean a Choire Leith was rendered unwise by deep snow and falling ice. Instead we [...]

A’Chioch on Beinn Bhan

Another great day out but we had a lucky break with the weather. Rob, Oli and me went down to the Applecross Peninsula and walked into the A'Chioch ridge on Beinn Bhan setting off in steady rain. Amazingly we climbed almost all of this great route in the dry before poor weather really kicked in [...]

Big and Brilliant Day on An Teallach

Well that was a grand day out with Oli on the big and brilliant traverse of An Teallach. We went east to west starting from the track that leads to Shenavall and finishing at Dundonnell. The snow had firmed up a lot overnight which was a very welcome development given the long walk to and [...]

January 2019

Finishing the Winter Skills Weekend

It wasn't in any way the weather of yesterday but we found what we were looking for with the Weekend Winter Skills Course today. Using the Nevis Range gondola to get up high on Aonach Mor we sought out some of the currently rare to find older snow which we could use to demonstrate and [...]