Once in 18 year climb…

You don’t often get enough snow in Ardnamurchan for Winter climbing, but we had a few cold, snowy days with snow right down to sea level. This allowed me to get back onto Ben Hiant with my ice axe for the first time in  over 18 years – the last time being New Year 2000-2001  […]

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Glencoe Weekend

I had a stunning weekend with James, Benedict and Alice in Glencoe. On Saturday, James and I climbed Dinner Time buttress, looking at gear placements and how to protect winter climbs. We chose as many interesting lines as we could up the buttress and found nice line of ice facing No.2 Gully. Stob Coire nan […]

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Winter Climbing Skills

  I spent the weekend with Edinburgh University Mountaineering Club looking and winter climbing skills. [ Saturday I spent with Tuva and Erling moving along the Fiaciall Ridge. A busy day on the ridge – most people electing not to venture onto the slope in corries. Lots of wind loading on the scarps and exits […]

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Ski tour

Travel problems prevented me getting to Glenmore Lodge on Friday, but managed to meet up with David for some  ski touring around Glencoe at the weekend. Excellent cover in places. Pockets of wind slab on most aspects made careful route choice important. Clear weather mostly but  strong wind at times.

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