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March 2019

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 [...]

Dorsal Arete

It has been pretty wild week here in Scotland and today has been no different! For the last day of our mountaineering adventure we split into two teams. Huw and Shae went up onto Stob Coire nan Lochain and climbed Dorsal Arete with Shae leading unto the final arete whilst Racheal and I ticked off [...]

East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn

Huw and I took Racheal and Shae East today, with the East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn our chosen objective. It was a popular choice and we were very grateful for a lift up the Forestry Track which meant for a much shorter walk in than normal. The ridge was in great condition and we [...]

The Dragons Tooth

It is a fairly wild week in Scotland this week and so Huw and I are spending as much time in the planning stages of each day as we are actually going mountaineering I think! We had a couple of options for today with a need to avoid a high avalanche risk, strong winds, rising [...]

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 [...]

Fun in the sun (and the rain)

Last week was half term here in Wales at it coincided with a week off for me after our trip to Torridon and Norway. It also coincided with the arrival of my new paragliding wing so I managed to get out and get my first flights in the sunshine! In December I went out and [...]

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 [...]

Ace ice in Rjukan

Our annual trip to the ice climbing mecca of Rjukan is treating us kindly with great ice, great climbing and great banter. Here are a few snaps from the action so far:            

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 [...]