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February 2020

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 how to push me and keep thing interesting. I’m very keen to go on to harder/longer routes, I hope that [...]

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 for a longtime.  I would best describe it as I did to an outdoor man in the office when asked [...]

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

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 Tarquin and Lou on board, an early alarm got me out of bed and then we had a beautiful day [...]

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 [...]

Zig Zags, Gearr Aonach

Todays crux was without a doubt getting out of the van in Glencoe! It was wild and Rachel & Cath would have been happy to head straight to the pub I think. A leap of faith got us out of the van and onto the Zig Zags on Gearr Aonach which actually gave some fun [...]

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. [...]

Dinnertime Buttress

We have had a good dup of snow overnight in the Highlands and thankfully the wind has dropped a bit since yesterday. Cath needed a rest today with a sore knee so Rachel and I headed out and enjoyed Dinnertime Buttress (2) in Glencoe. The snow got better with height and we were nicely sheltered [...]

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 [...]

Snow and sunshine

The last two days of our winter skills week have thankfully been significantly better than the first two! We have had some steady snow showers and some lovely spells of sunshine. Yesterday was stunning all day as we headed over Aonach Mor and today gave some lovely atmosphere between the clouds as we went up [...]

Scottish Winter Skills Week

I am up in Scotland now for the start of our winter program North of the border and have kicked off with our Winter Skills Week. I have been joined by Claire, Anna, Niall, Peter, Kev, Tom & Simon and we had a pretty wild start to the week with warm temperatures and strong winds. [...]

December 2019

Bochclwyd Horseshoe Winter Round

Having got back from the Alps at the weekend I was pretty pleased to find snow on the mountains and a good weather day in the forecast. Huw was also free so after a brew at the Siabod Cafe we headed out together to enjoy a stunning day on the Bochclwyd Horseshoe. Starting at the [...]

There is plenty of snow!

Well there is no shortage of snow in the Alps at the moment, it has been chucking it down here for the last couple of days and it looks like Scotland is getting the same treatment with Glencoe Ski Centre opening for business tomorrow. Bryn and I did a ski tour from Le Tour yesterday, [...]

Ski Week in Chamonix

I am out in Chamonix this week with my good friend Bryn. We are making the most of some early season snowfall to warm up for winter and get some early off-piste skiing done. We arrived late Monday night and knew we had struck lucky when we struggled to get the hire car to Argentierre [...]