Tower Ridge in fantastic condition (and empty)!

Today I was out with Mark, who has a forthcoming trip to Ama Dablam, and as part of his training, he was keen to climb Tower Ridge in winter.  We certainly found winter on Tower Ridge today, as it was plastered from bottom to top in excellent neve and ice, enabling very swift progress
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Ryan’s first V: Hadrian’s Wall Direct, Ben Nevis

Today was Ryan’s last day with me, and he was keen to climb something tricky and icy, so tricky and icy he got, in abundance!  We wandered up to Observatory Gully to see what the teams ahead were doing, and with two teams homing in on Point 5 Gully, and with one team heading up
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Mind bending esoterica: Avalanche Gully, Gearr Aonach

Plan A was to head up to SCNL to climb either Moonshadow or Twisting Grooves, but an inviting dribble of ice at the foot of Avalanche Gully on Gearr Aonach quickly changed my mind (the short walk-in helped with the decision making too!), so Ryan and I found ourselves climbing into wha
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An underrated climb: Neptune Gully, Ben Nevis

No stars in the comprehensive SMC Ben Nevis or in the Cicerone Ben Nevis & Glencoe guides, and no mention of it in the SMC Scottish Winter Climbs guide, so why bother? Luckily, I had heard that it was well worth seeking out from a couple of folk, and disappoint it certainly did no
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Raven’s Gully, Glencoe & The Stonker, Sgurr Na Feartaig

Last week, I was working for Outward Bound, running a Teams & Leaders Development week, with a group of enthusiastic boys from St. Aidan’s School in Harrogate.  They seemed up for any challenge, so challenge them I did.  As part of the course, we had a full day of winter ski
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