Wild day out: Zig-Zags on Gearr Aonach, Glencoe

If yesterday hadn’t blown away the Christmas cobwebs, then today definitely did, along with a layer of skin too, for it was windy!  The forecasts suggested very strong south-westerly winds, so it made sense to try and find shelter for as long as possible, and being tucked away o
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Working off Christmas! East Ridge of Beinn a’Chaorainn

Following a fun festive period, during which I, along with many, many others, probably ate too much, Han and I battled with the torrential rain, and arrived back in Fort William yesterday.  Fortunately, the temperature cooled down overnight (it was a balmy 50C  on Aonach Mor yesterday
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Han climbs Deep Cut Chimney, Hell’s Lum, Cairngorms

I’ve now migrated south, just for the festive period, back to London, with a stop en-route in Sheffield to attend Jagged Globe’s Leader Forum (great talks, particularly from IFMGA Guide, Jeff Banks, regarding Avalanches), so with 500 miles between me and Scottish winter cl
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Christmas Comes Early: Winter Cuillin Traverse, Skye.

A good friend of mine once said that he regarded every winter climb as a privilege, something not to be taken for granted, and certainly not guaranteed until safely off the hill, and to me these wise words make absolute sense.  ‘Lining up your ducks’ i.e. having the right
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Winter Skills on Snowshoes in The Cairngorms

Over Thursday and Friday, I was working over east, in The Cairngorms, running a winter skills course for Chris and Andy, for Ryan Glass Mountaineering. There had been a lot of fresh snow over the previous few days, and as there had been very little in the way of freeze-thaw cycles thr
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