Crampons not required: Castle Ridge, Ben Nevis

When the weather is as good as it has been here in Lochaber over the past few days, I think that it’s one of the best places to be.  The variety of activities that can be done is almost endless, mountain biking, river kayaking, sea kayaking, backcountry skiing, winter climbing,
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Not a bad first winter route: Ledge Route, Ben Nevis

I was out again, introducing another climber to the wacky and rather addictive world of winter climbing, however, today, it was a 12 year old by the name of Matt.  Stewy, who has bags of experience had brought Matt, his son, along to hopefully share his passions for the Scottish mount
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Not a bad first winter route: Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis

Yesterday, I was out with Jenny, Catherine, Tina, John & Margret, who have their sights set on the Classic Haute Route (Chamonix to Zermatt) later this year, and were after a day of skills in preparation.  We visited Aonach Mor and spent time focusing on movement skills both on an
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Mountaineering classics: Ledge Route & Golden Oldie

Over the past couple of days, I’ve been working for Hebridean Pursuits, and out with Shane and Tom, two Kiwis living in London.  They wanted to get stuck into some winter mountaineering routes that would challenge them, so plan a for Friday was No.2 Gully on Ben Nevis. However,
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Glencoe Mixed: North Buttress & Raeburn’s Route

For the past two days, I have been with Howie and Ed, who have come up for an Improvers Snow and Ice Course.  With a pretty burly forecast for Tuesday, and with fresh snow forecasted to sea level, we went for North Buttress on Buachaille Etive Mor, which provided the guys with their f
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