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March 2020

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 […]

Cairngorm Mountaineering

This week Huw and I have been joined by Martin (from last week) Richard and Brian who have all done our winter skills course and are now with us to progress onto mountaineering ground. With […]

Thank Yous from last week

Hi Rob,Thank you for another superb week in the Scottish mountains. It was great to meet up again even if we didn’t get to climb together – I think Huw was on a bit of […]

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 […]

Stob Coire nan Lochain

For the final day of the winter skills week we headed back to Glencoe and climbed Stob Coire nan Lochain. Plan A had been to do a traverse of the mountain but a lack of […]

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 […]

Aonach Mor

We made the most of a Gondola ride today at the Nevis Range and made our way up to the summit of Aonach Mor. Our theme for the day was winter navigation and the conditions […]

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 […]

Fiachaill Ridge, Cairngorms

Huws tales of crisp neve and blue skies were sufficiently inspiring to see us head over to the Cairngorms ourselves today on the winter skills course. We walked into the Northern Corries and sure enough […]

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 […]

Another beautiful day in Glencoe

For the second day of our winter skills course we headed back down to Glencoe after a planning session this morning looking at avalanche and weather forecasts. We climbed Buachaille Etive Beag which provided a […]

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 […]

Plenty of snow in Scotland

Huw and I are back up in Scotland this week with a winter climbing/mountaineering course and a winter skills week running. I have been out with Frank, Jon, Martin and Oliver for the winter skills […]

February 2020

Crib Goch in the snow

We have had our fair share of wild weather over the last couple of weeks here in Snowdonia but things have definitely calmed down a bit now and there is some snow on the hills. […]

Norway – Thank You

Hi Rob, Just wanted to thank you again for a cracking time in Norway. I’m very glad the cancellation came up, also glad it was with yourself, you’re a top fella and you gauged exactly […]

Thank You – Torridon

Rob and Huw –  Have been unexpectedly busy since returning to Putney from our epic week in Torridon, hence my delayed thank you for as good a week in the mountains as I have enjoyed […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

January 2020

Crib Goch for Sunrise

It has been a stunning week of temperature inversions here in Snowdonia and so I was pretty keen to get out for sunrise this morning and make the most of it. A quick text saw […]

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 […]

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 […]

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