A damp week in the North West: (Winter) Mountaineering Course

I’ve just finished working on a second Winter Mountaineering course for Moran Mountain, and whilst the term ‘winter’ is in brackets, three of the five days were spent on snow and ice, and the higher corries and gullies are still holding out, just.  So there is winter
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New route on Creag Meagaidh: Feathered Friend V,5

On the 3rd February, I was out with Vic Wallace, working for Abacus Mountain Guides.  Vic had a fair bit of climbing experience under his belt, having climbed a number of times on the west coast with various guides, and was keen to sample the climbing further east, and so had chosen t
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Winter Mountaineering Course, Moran Mountain

Over the past five days, I have again been up in the north west, working for Moran Mountain.  Throughout the week, the weather remained quite mild, with a gentle thaw at all levels.  It certainly felt quite springlike at times. On day one, with Mike, Chris and Gordon, I headed up to F
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The final day: Ardheslaig Crag, Applecross

The morning final day of the Introductory Winter Climbing Course, with Moran Mountain, brought drizzle and much milder temperatures, so rather than attempting thawing gullies, a plan was quickly hatched for all five participants, Robin and myself to head to Ardheslaig Crag on the Appl
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Days 2-4, Intro to Winter Climbing, Torridon & Glen Carron

Continuing the Intro to Winter Climbing Course with Moran Mountaineering… Monday saw both Robin’s and my team heading into Coire Dubh Mor (home to Poachers Fall and Salmon Leap), to climb the three star classic, George.  The weather was fantastic to say the least, with nex
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