Posts for category: Ben Nevis – Summer

Castle Ridge + Ledge Route

This week I’m with Francesca for a few days. Yesterday she had a slightly epic drive up from Sussex, way down at the bottom of England, so today we tried not to have an epic long day. We chose to do Castle Ridge and Ledge Route. It was pretty windy but never too bad. Castle […]...

Ledge Route

  Today was my last day with Steve until next Spring. Steve has done a great deal over the last week or so, but one of the things he wanted to do, we still hadn’t managed because of poor weather – summit Ben Nevis again. So today with a good forecast we made sure that […]...

Ledge Route, Up+Down

  On Monday Steve wanted to go up and down Ledge route to develop his scrambling. The last time Steve was on Ledge Route, it was a great day – dry and brilliant views. Monday was a little different, it was cold, wet and there were no views once you entered the cloud high on […]...

Tower Ridge + Ledge Route

  Today I met up with Dave, who is getting back to climbing/mountaineering. He wanted to kick off with Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis. He happened to choose the best day for months!! The weather was truly outstanding. Clear skies, dry rock (although heavily verglassed for half of the route before we hit the sun […]...

Carpe Diem Day For Nevis Landscape Partnership

On the 14th August, it was my turn to do something for the Carpe Diem – Nevis Landscape Partnership initiative. A chance to give something back to the environment, and specifically – Ben Nevis. So, Marta, Nathan and I headed to the summit of Ben Nevis (via Tower Ridge) to pick up litter. We obviously had […]...

Ben Nevis Walk

Today I was up on the Ben Path again, this time for Maximum Adventure. I was working with Rob and Andy. The weather was pretty awesome, hot, dry, clear until the upper zig-zags. At the summit however, we had pretty good timing and we got a view for a few minutes. Summit of Ben Nevis […]...

Tower + Ledge

                    Today, Thomas and I were out on Ben Nevis to climb Tower Ridge and Ledge Route. This was Thomas’s first time on Ben Nevis and he was keen to find out what the scrambling was like. We were lucky with the weather – the temperature […]...

Mountain Training Workshop

                    Mountain Training Association Workshop Yesterday I ran a Mountain Training Association Scrambling Workshop (through Alan Halewood) with James and John. They are both Mountain Leaders and wanted to explore the world of scrambling rope-work to find quick and easy solutions to security on graded ground. […]...

Ben Nevis – Mountain Track

                                                                            On Thursday I met up with Andrew, to walk up the Ben Nevis Pony Track. What a […]...

Abseil Posts To Summit

                  Hunter Mountaineering Guiding On Thursday I was out on Ben Nevis again after meeting up with Nick and Sue early doors. They often start their walks at 6am (as is the norm for a lot of people walking in the Lakes apparently), but I persuaded them […]...

NE Buttress, Ledge

                    Jagged Globe courses and Private Guiding Last Monday I met up with Davy again, this time for a week of climbing/mountaineering. His goals were to do some great climbs, to start his trad leading and to improve his movement skills. We decided on the first […]...

Tower Ridge – Carpe Diem

                  On Sunday I met up with Steve and Lucy for our Carpe Diem day – and the route of the day would be Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis. I thought the route would be a little busy, but we had it to ourselves for the entire […]...

CMD + Mountain Path

                    Last week I was working for Outward Bound and I was out with a Serious Adventure group on their 3 day expedition. On day 1 we made an attempt at Ledge Route, but didn’t complete it due to a couple of group pre-existing injuries. On […]...

Tower Ridge

                    On Sunday I was out with George – for a day out on a classic Scottish route – raising money for the British Heart Foundation. He chose Tower Ridge. Unfortunately his friend Stewart couldn’t join us – he’s already done Tower Ridge, so this was […]...

Mountain Track

                    On Saturday I met Clare, Sue, Paul and Robin. As a 50th birthday celebration they had decided to walk up Ben Nevis as part of their holiday to the Highlands.The weather wasn’t ideal, but it was only a little showery in the morning. The rain […]...

Ledge Route

                    On Wednesday, working for The Outward Bound Trust, Loch Eil, I met up with Lisa and her Skills for Life team. The goal was to climb Ledge Route on Ben Nevis and hopefully the summit too. The team turned out to be very fit and […]...

Ben Nevis – CMD

                  Hunter Mountaineering – Private Guiding On Sunday 5th I was out on Ben Nevis with an Outward Bound Ultimate group, led by Lena and Gemma. After summiting Ben Nevis a group of us headed off for the CMD ridge. This allowed me to take a few […]...

Ben Nevis – Mountain Track

                    Last Sunday I had another day on Ben Nevis – meeting Lena and Gemma’s Outward Bound ‘Ultimate’ group at Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe. It was a great morning with a cloud inversion, and I had the path all to myself, I guess because it was […]...

Ben Nevis – Still Snowy

                    Hunter Mountaineering – Private Guiding On Friday I joined Eva to walk up Ben Nevis. The weather was fine for the first few hours, and we walked in warm, humid conditions for the first hour or two. We got to the waterfall, half way point, […]...

Tower Ridge, Perfect Weather

                    Hunter Mountaineering – Private Guiding Last Friday, again with Davy, we wanted to take full advantage of the amazing weather so we thought we’d do Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis. The weather was perfect, dry, hot, no wind and clear skies all around. It was […]...

Ben Nevis, No. 4 Gully

                  On Louise’s second day of ‘scrambling’ she opted for a winter day on Ben Nevis. We chose to go and do Number 4 Gully, which was still in very much winter condition, as the photos show, even though it is nearly June! The snow will be […]...

Tower Ridge

                    Lena and I had an opportunity to get out yesterday afternoon, so we headed for Ben Nevis and Tower Ridge, because the weather was fine for a change, after the last few wet days. We only had the afternoon, so Tower Ridge seemed suitable, and […]...

Ledge Route – A Wet Morning

                    Yesterday, working for Outward Bound, I met Craig and his Ultimate Expedition Clan. It had been raining a great deal since Saturday afternoon, and through the night, so the burns were all high – so to avoid a difficult stream crossing for the group we […]...

Ledge Route – A Dry Morning

                    On Saturday I had an early start to meet Lawrence and his Outward Bound clan at the CIC on Ben Nevis at 8am. Lawrence’s group has had a tiring week exploring the highland munros in the scorching weather, and today it was time to get […]...

Castle Ridge

                    On Thursday I went to Ben Nevis with Wayne to climb Castle Ridge. Lena came along for the day to do some observation. It was another scorcher of a day – we were almost getting used to this weather! As we got closer to Ben […]...

Ben Nevis Marshalling – 5th July

              On the 5th July I was working for Jagged Globe, working as a marshall on Ben Nevis. An early start saw us walking from the visitors car park just after 3am. I was posted at the summit, with James Seaman at Gardyloo Gully. As we walked up, there […]...

CMD, Suncream, Glen Nevis & Smiles

                On Saturday the weather turned out to be even better than the Friday (for most of the day!). I headed up to the Ben again with a different mix of 4, from the team of 6, to do the classic CMD ridge this time, whilst Lawrie headed […]...

Ledge Route – Great Ben Weather

                    On Friday we took a couple of days out of the 5 day Joint Services Rock Climbing Foundation Award, to make the most of the good weather over Friday/Saturday. We split the team of 6 into 2 teams – 2 with Lawrie and 4 with […]...

Tower Ridge

              Hunter Mountaineering On the Sunday of the Easter Weekend we yet again had incredible weather in the West Coast of Scotland. This Easter weather will be remembered for a long time. I was lucky enough to be spending the day on Ben Nevis. I met up with Mel […]...

Geology With Noel Williams

  Today I was on some staff training with some Outward Bound Staff, organised by Outward Bound, but delivered by Noel Williams (a geologist, a caver and among other things author of the ‘Scrambles in Lochaber‘ Cicerone guide). We were only with Noel for a long morning, but we came away with heads spinning with […]...