Avoiding Heuristic Traps: E.Ridge, Beinn a’Chaorainn

Today’s forecast wasn’t exactly conducive to climbing classic routes, but what it allowed Ryan and I to do was to explore a hugely important facet of winter climbing, those of heuristic traps in avalanche prone terrain, whilst making our way into and climbing the East Ridg
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Snowy on the East Ridge of Beinn a’Chaorainn

Today was day 2 of Nick’s mountaineering course, and with an overnight thaw, and fresh westerly winds forecasted, I decided that something east facing would be more snow-sure and a bit more sheltered, and with that in mind, opted for the East Ridge of Beinn a’Chaorainn.  W
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Working off Christmas! East Ridge of Beinn a’Chaorainn

Following a fun festive period, during which I, along with many, many others, probably ate too much, Han and I battled with the torrential rain, and arrived back in Fort William yesterday.  Fortunately, the temperature cooled down overnight (it was a balmy 50C  on Aonach Mor yesterday
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New route on Creag Meagaidh: Feathered Friend V,5

On the 3rd February, I was out with Vic Wallace, working for Abacus Mountain Guides.  Vic had a fair bit of climbing experience under his belt, having climbed a number of times on the west coast with various guides, and was keen to sample the climbing further east, and so had chosen t
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Adventures on Creag Meagaidh & The Northern Corries

I was out again on Wednesday and Thursday, working for Abacus Mountaineering, this time with Vic.  Vic had climbed a fair bit in the past, and was keen to seek adventures over east.  For Wednesday, we chose to head up to Creag Meagaidh, with a view to climb Ritchie’s Gully on Pi
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