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March 2020

Nice and Quiet on the Hill

Contrary to the forecast it's been a nice day out for the end of the Weekend Winter Skills which was also the last of this year's Expedition Guide winter courses. Me and the boys have been up Meall a Bhuiridh where without the chair lift running we walked from the Glen Coe ski centre car park. Aside from a [...]

A Wee Hill for Winter Skills

We've the last of this year's Weekend Winter Skills courses running this weekend. Given the amount of snow on the mountains of the West Highlands right now you'd imagine that we could have run them well into April. Forming a plan that fitted with the forecast weather and avalanche hazard Mark, Anthony, Gareth, Peter, Charlie, Tomas and [...]

Blue Skyes

It's been a super sunny day and there's undoubtedly lots of fantastic ice to climb right now but with the heavy snow and high winds of yesterday getting to those climbs safely appeared to be the problem. Choosing something that seemed to better suit the conditions Rob and me have enjoyed a brilliant day on [...]

Yet another trip to the ‘Gorms

High winds and avalanche hazard are still something that we're working around so to mitigate that it was another drive east for Brian, Richard and me. Coire an t-Sneachda couldn't offer much to reduce the wind speed but its left hand crag of Mess of Pottage did offer a safe approach and retreat. Walking in [...]

The Old Haunt of Beinn a Chaorainn

With weather more typical of this winter season we've been back to familiar haunts today with a team ascent of The East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn. The rain and thaw might have stripped a little of the snow off the rocky step lower down but the rock rib of the upper section is still buried under [...]

A Couple of Climbs in Coire an t-Sneachda

After the weekend off we're back into things with a Three Day Winter Mountaineering Course. With the weather back to the more familiar high winds and rain we all headed east to the Cairngorms where the weather forecast was promising a window of opportunity in the morning. Whilst Rob and Martin were making their way up Aladdin's [...]

The Week Vanishes

That's the end of the Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Week and what a great week it has been with Oli and Shae. We stayed closer to Fort William today where the lower laying routes on Ben Nevis have slowly become more accessible as the week has drawn on. We walked in the the CIC hut with the [...]

Still on the same Wavelength

It was just Shae and me today and unsurprisingly we went back to the Cairngorms yet again. With the avalanche hazard dropping to moderate most places were safely accessible in the Northern Corries today. We climbed Wavelength and despite me stitching us up with the 'The Traverse of the Gods' by staying to close to the next [...]

Lurking about on Lurchers

It's hard to know without direct comparison but I think that we got quite lucky today. Like a lot of other people I imagine we followed the reports of good ice on Lurchers Crag and on a tip choose to approach from the top rather than walking through or near the Charlamain Gap. Dropping down South [...]

An easier day in the Cairngorms

By design Shae, Oli and me have had a much easier day today. Taking the lead from others we headed across to the Cairngorms where it was a world away from the deep snow of the West Coast right now. The wind scoured ridges and plateau where easy to travel and the snow was firm [...]

A Fight on Aonach Dubh

Shae, Oli and me put a lot of thought into planning this morning but we still ended up with nine hours of fighting. Deep snow is making it difficult to move around in the mountains as well as contributing to a considerable avalanche hazard. Aonach Dubh was a crag low enough to keep us below [...]

February 2020

A Cold Couple of Days in Rjukan

The lack of ice at lower elevations might have removed some of our favourite choices but one new opportunity was the option to visit the higher level crag at Gausta. It’s a 45 minute snow shoe approach walk which would naturally mean you’d need a good reason to visit when many other venues are a [...]

Underway in Norway

Well thanks to Storm Ciera it might have taken 24 hours longer than planned to get here but we are now well underway with our Norway Ice Climbing Trip. Richard, Tracey, Karl, Lee, Tom, Laura, the other Tom, Dave, Tarquin, Rob and me have enjoyed a couple of great days climbing at Krokan. There was [...]

Snow Hunting again on Fuar Tholl

Snow hunting again today this time in Coire Mainnrichean on the north side of Fuar Tholl. We didn't really find much of it but it was a nice walk round there and the two narrow strips of snow either side of the impressive Mainnrichean Buttress provided us with an entertaining up and down journey. [...]

Hayfork Gully

The wind was back up today so we headed away from the worst of it a little and over to An Teallach. Hayfork Gully provided us with a truly great route from the flat floor of Coire Thuill to An Teallach's highest point, the summit of Bidein a' Ghlas Thuill. Scuttling away from the wind [...]

Brilliant on the Black Carls

We whiled away yesterday with a wind blown but pleasant stroll along the wild Wester Ross coastline. Today was back to mountaineering and what a stella day it was. Enjoying the still air and sunshine we tripped along between Creag Dhubh and Sgurr Ban on the eastern section of Beinn Eighe's 'Great Ridge' taking in [...]

Searching for Snow on Beinn Aligin

There's not been a lot of winter for the start of our Torridon Winter Mountaineering Week but we've been out enjoying ourselves none the less. The plan which we'd hatched was to seek out some old snow that we'd hoped might still be laying in the deeper gullies. Deep South Gully on Beinn Aligin sounded [...]

January 2020

All About Snow in Stob Coire nan Lochan

Having covered much about movement skills on the Weekend Winter Skills course yesterday today was pretty much all about snow. The team and me trekked up into Glencoe's Stob Coire nan Lochan where we talked about and looked at what might contribute to instabilities in a snow pack and how with our route choice we [...]

Brilliant on Buachaille Etive Beag

A real change in the weather for the start of the Winter Skills Weekend. With Nigel, Andy, Luke, David, Al and Louis we've been up on  Stob Coire Raineach the northern top of Buachaille Etive Beag. Along the way we covered a lot of the movement skills involved in using and ice axe and crampons [...]

Better on Beinn a Chaorainn

Whilst Rob was in Glencoe with Rachel today I was on the East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn with Russ and Jonathan. In comparison to yesterday it was a lovely day with even a touch of sunshine during the walk in through the forest. It was still pretty windy but great to be out mountaineering. [...]