Coached Leading: Forgotten Twin, Aonach Mor

I was back out today with Will, James and this time joined by Terry too, and following a guided day up on Stob Coire Nan Lochan, we decided that some coached lead climbing would be very beneficial to their winter climbing development.  Will and James had both lead in the past, so toda
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Everyday’s different! Ordinary Route, Central Buttress, SCNL

Today, I was out with Will and James, who were after a couple of days of private guiding.  I had climbed with Will before (we climbed Twisting Gully and Comb Gully Buttress last year), so had a good idea of his ability, and James had arrived with plenty of Norwegian ice climbing exper
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Mixing it up: Ordinary Route, Central Buttress, SCNL

Day 2 of Nick’s introduction to winter climbing, and having climbed left Twin yesterday, I thought that a contrasting route would aid with Nick’s short term aspirations of becoming a competent second in winter would be worthwhile, and Ordinary Route (Raeburn’s Route)
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Nice Ice on Left Twin, Aonach Mor

With today’s forecasts, particularly the wind, being a bit calmer than yesterday, I took the punt of heading to Nevis Range this morning with Nick, in the hope that the gondola would be running.  The punt paid off! However, I was a little taken aback to find hoards of people all
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Winter Skills & Mountaineering in Lochaber

Bit of a backlog of blogs, so I’ll group them all together.  On Tuesday, I was co-instructing on a Winter Skills day, with Nick Cannon-Jones, for his company, More Than Mountains.  We were out with a small group from Vale Mountaineering Club, based down in Dorset, and with the g
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