Finishing on a high: Observatory Ridge, Ben Nevis

Today was my final day of work this winter, and for a second year running, the season ended with a climb on Ben Nevis with Mick.  The freezing levels have crept above the summits over the past 36hrs or so, which was going to affect the ice climbs, just to what extent was hard to gauge
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Quiet in Coire na Ciste: Thompson’s Route, Ben Nevis

Over the past couple of days, Han and I have been working for Bigfoot Adventures on a graduate selection course for Applied Drilling Technology International (ADTI).  The two days involved running various challenges during which the final 26 participants (of 800 initial applicants) we
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Inside a snow globe: SW Ridge, Ben Nevis

A violently shaken snow globe that is! I was out today with Ken (another one, I’m not going mad), and working for West Coast Mountain Guides.  Ken has a number of classic routes under his belt, and was keen to add to his tally, unfortunately the wind on Ben Nevis had other ideas
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A day with views: School House Ridge, Glencoe

For day 2 with Trish, James and Mike, we opted for the shorter, less wading required, approach of School House Ridge II, (ENE Ridge) of Sgorr Bhan.   It’s the second time this season that I’ve been up the ridge, yet after the heavy snow fall from a couple of days ago, the
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More snow than expected! Golden Oldy, Aonach Mor

Today I was out with Trish, James & Mike, who are up for a couple of days of winter mountaineering.  Yesterday and overnight, we had far more snow, and down to lower levels than expected, so we made use of the lifts at Aonach Mor to then gain the West Face.  Immediately on leaving
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