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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. [...]

Blown about in Storm Brendan

That's the start of a three day Scottish Winter Mountaineering course but it's not been met with the best of weather. Venturing onto any exposed or high ground was certainly not an option given the strength of the wind brought about by Storm Brendan. Reaching the snowline by some means was worth trying but it [...]

November 2019

A Fine Morning for the Snowdon Horseshoe

It might prove short lived but there was a fine spell of weather in Snowdonia this morning. I was out enjoying the sunshine with Gavin who after today has just one of the Welsh Hewitts (Hills in England, Wales and Ireland over Two Thousand feet) left to do. We ticked off Crib Goch today as [...]

October 2019

Milestone Buttress and Tryfan Bach

No where near as wet a day as I was expecting but it's been pretty damp none the less. Chris, Jamie and me took scrambling as a bit of a substitute over rock climbing today taking in two of Snowdonia's most readily accessible grade 3 scrambles. Tryfan's Milestone Buttress Scramble and Little Tryfan OLYMPUS [...]

Wet end to the ML Training Course

I swapped in for the last two days of the Mountain Leader Training Course. The end of the course is usually when we go out overnight and this is what we did this time. Starting from the top of the Crimea Pass Heather, Lizzie, Tim, Pieter, Colin and me made a couple of short navigation [...]

September 2019

Bright and Breezy on An Teallach

We've saved the best for last on our Torridon and Wester Ross Mountaineering Week. Rob, Sandy and a big sociable team have been round to Diabaig to do a great little scramble, the West Spur of Meall Ceann na Creige which starts right from the sea. Martin, Tim and myself got lucky with a punt [...]

Traversing Liathach in the Rain

Well we didn't get the views from one of Scotland's finest ridge traverses but we had a good time on Liathach none the less. Once again we've had another wet day and once again the sun came out on the way down as if to show us what we could have had. OLYMPUS DIGITAL [...]

Bleak round the back of Beinn Eighe

Rough weather again today and we tried to hide away from the gales round the back of Beinn Eighe. Scrambling on a route called Overlooking Rib on the quartzite slabs on the north eastern flank of Ruadh Stac Beag did by in large keep us out of the wind. Our route selection could do nothing [...]

The Sun’s Back out on Stac Pollaidh

A much brighter day in the North West Highlands today but forecast high winds made us wary of venturing onto the higher tops. Instead we took a banker of a choice with an East to West traverse along the castellated crest of Stac Pollaidh. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA [...]

Wet Welcome to Scotland

I've swapped Italy for Scotland and Rob and Sandy are fresh back from Switzerland. The weather in Wester Ross hasn't exactly welcomed us but we've had fun none the less on the opening day of our Torridon Mountaineering Week. Along with Rachel, Bob, Tim, David, Martin and Marion we nosed our way through the mist [...]

July 2019

New Ground for us all on the West Face of Tryfan

It's always great being out with Julia and Lucy and thanks to a fine steer from Tarquin we've been up a scramble that none of us had done before; Tryfan's West Face Direct including the boulder chocked Y Gully and the fantastic rock of Notch Arete. There can't be many scrambles left in Snowdonia that [...]

Classics in The Pass and Leading on Tryfan Bach

A fun couple of days with Dylan and Gavin. Gavin is doing a great job of passing on his enthusiasm for climbing to his nephew and complementing their regular trips to the climbing wall they've been out climbing with us a couple of times now in Snowdonia. Yesterday we clocked up a bit of multi-pitch [...]