A Hard Day in the Office: Twisting Gully, Glencoe

Today, I was working for Abacus Mountain Guides, with Terry and Will, who both wanted one thing: to winter climb.  We decided to head to Glencoe, and up to SCNL, with plan A being Twisting Gully (III,4****), which is one of the lower grade classics of the crag.  There’s always a
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AMI CPD Workshop: Aonach Mor

Over the weekend, I have been attending an Association of Mountaineering Instructors CPD Workshop, run by Alan Halewood.  The focus for the past two days has been split between looking at teaching winter climbing and short roping and mountaineering ropework. Both days were spent on Ao
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Very white on Stob Coire Nan Lochan: Ordinary Route (Central Buttress)

Today, I was out with my better half, Han, who despite having a cold, was keen to get out in the cold.  We headed up to SCNL, with a few options, and having arrived at the corrie, with a  large group from Belfast making their way to various climbs, decided to have a look at SC Gully. 
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Solitude on the East Face of Aonach Mor: Siamese Twin & Lickety Split

Based on what the conditions were like on the Ben yesterday, Guy and I decided to give the East Face of Aonach Mor a shot.  It turned out to be a shot well worth taking! We were in no rush, so jumped aboard the slightly more casual 9am gondola, with not a climber in sight.  This theme
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Success on Ben Nevis

Well, if the weather forecasts published on Friday were anything to go by, today would have been wild, and reaching the summit of Ben Nevis for the team of seven would have been an unlikely story, however, someone must have been looking down on us today.  The forecasts for today had v
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