Swimming up Ordinary Route (Central Buttress), SCNL, Glencoe

Today I was out with Mick and Alan, who were after a bit of a winter climbing fix this side of New Year.   Choosing the right place to go with the current conditions and avalanche forecast proved not to be straight forward, but having been up Stob Coire Nan Lochan yesterday, and noted
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Plenty of snow in Glencoe too: Day 2 Winter Skills, SCNL

For day two, working for Mountain Motion, Rich and I took the group of 14, from Bristol Uni, up the East Ridge of Stob Coire Nan Lochan in Glencoe.  The weather played ball today, and with much calmer conditions than we’ve been experiencing recently, we were treated, every now a
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Plenty of snow on Ben Nevis

So, with Christmas down south done, it was time to blow the cobwebs away.  I was working for Mountain Motion today, and along with Rich, took a group of 14 students from Bristol Uni on a winter skills day around Coire na Ciste on Ben Nevis.  The entire group proved to be a ‘well
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Surprisingly calm: Ledge Route, Ben Nevis

Today I was out on Ben Nevis, working for Mountain Motion, covering the first of a three day winter mountaineering course with Alex. With a steady thaw in progress (due to end this evening), we decided to avoid the gullies, which were threatened by cornice collapse, and chose Ledge Ro
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