Coaching on Vanishing Gully, Ben Nevis

I can tell you what’s not vanishing any time soon: winter and all that snow!  Mike and I walked in to Ben Nevis to find more fresh snow lying and plenty more falling and being blown about.  It felt more like the depths of winter today rather than the end of March. Mike was after
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Island Peak preparation weekend

This weekend, I was out with father and son team of Michael and Mark, who have their sights on Island Peak (6189m) in the Everest Region of Nepal later this year.  They were after two days of tuition in the mountaineering skills required, and whilst Island Peak is classified as a trek
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Proper Scottish: Western Rib, Aonach Mor

Since my last blog, Fransisca and I have spent Thursday in Glen Nevis, looking at ropework, ascending fixed lines and abseiling in and around the Pinnacle Ridge area.  For someone who hasn’t rock climbed before, she picked the skills up quickly, which will prove beneficial for h
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Alpine Glencoe: Crowberry Gully & Dorsal Arete

Both Han and I were out enjoying an alpine Glencoe today.  Han was out with good friend, John, and they climbed the Cold Climb: Crowberry Gully, on Buachaille Etive Mor and reported the route to be in easy condition, with the crux getting a bit thin with all the recent traffic. Meanwh
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Very wintery: Ledge Route, Ben Nevis

I think we were all lulled into a false sense that Spring was arriving after the great weather and conditions of last week.  Cue overnight snow down to 300m!  So that’s what greeted Fransisca and I as we made our way up the Allt a’ Mhuilinn.  Fransisca has Mounts Elbrus an
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