Posts for category: Ben Nevis – Winter

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East Ridge Of Douglas Boulder

  Jagged Globe – Snow and Ice Climbing Course. This week I was with Tim and James. On Monday we went onto Buachaille Etive Mor and climbed North Buttress. We climbed all of the fun pitches an then abseiled off as planned. Unfortunately at some point a rock must have fallen on one of my […]...

East Ridge Of Douglas Boulder

  Lena and I both had days off, and so there was another opportunity to climb together – which doesn’t seem to happen that often these days. We spent some time wondering where to go, and I nearly went for the steep east buttress of the Dragon’s Tooth in Ballachulish, but I wanted something I […]...

Winter Back With Thigh Deep Fresh Snow

  Working for West Coast mountain Guides. I met up with Stephen and Jardine early this morning, ready to get on the 8am Gondola – the plan was to go and do Golden Oldy. However, the kit check revealed that one of them had forgotten his crampons – so we had to wave goodbye to […]...

Winter Returned last Friday night

Jagged Globe – Winter mountaineering and Private Guiding Last Thursday, with Ed, I was out with Ben, Steve and Martin on their Winter mountaineering course. We managed to find a route suitable for their objectives in Number 4 Gully on the right buttress. The team, joined by Sam, chose to go rock climbing on the […]...

Weekend on Grade I

                                                                                  Jagged Globe – Introductory Long Weekend This last weekend, with Jagged Globe were James, […]...

Jagged Globe – Winter Mountaineering

  Jagged Globe – Winter Mountaineering Course This week Luke and Stuart are on the Winter Mountaineering course with Jagged Globe. They wanted to focus on developing independence for future winter climbing. On Monday we reviewed and increased skills with boots, crampons and the axe, covered all types of terrain, started to look at rope […]...

SW Ridge – Douglas Boulder

                  Today I met up with Hannah, who is up in the area for a quick hit of winter climbing. Dave Buckett was along for the ride to observe an MIC doing their job. We chose to go up to the Douglas Boulder, and climb the SW […]...

Ledge Route & No.4 Gully (Friday)

  Working for Jagged Globe – Private Guiding Friday was my last day with James and George. After the last 2 days, I wanted to try to put it all together with their last day. They have done quite a few things in the Alps, and they’ll be back there soon to summit some more […]...

Number 3 Gully (Thursday)

  Working for Jagged Globe – Private Guiding On Thursday James, George and I had our second day of the instructional course. They wanted to build quickly on the movement skills and snowcraft of Wednesday, and use them in conjunction with some summer climbing knowledge. They both climb indoors, and George also leads on sport […]...

Number 4 Gully (Wednesday)

  Working for Jagged Globe – Private Guiding This week I was out with James and George (who is 14) for a quick winter training course in Scotland. As they drove up they said they were nervous that they had no snow for their course, but I had to re-assure them that there was plenty […]...

Ben Nevis Conditions

With a good weather forecast many keen climbers headed for the hills – many on the North Face of Ben Nevis. There was often good visibility as we walked up. We could see that many climbs were incomplete or incredibly thin. All of the option around No.2 Gully area / Raeburn’s Wall didn’t look complete, […]...

Winter On Tower Ridge

Winter on Tower Ridge. 16th Dec 2016. from Max Hunter on Vimeo. Today Francesca and I were on Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis. Before this week Francesca had done a Winter Skills weekend over east, a few years ago. She had booked this course with me to take this a little further, as well as […]...

Winter Skills On Ben Nevis

  Today Steve and I went up onto Ben Nevis to take a look at the snow and start Steve’s winter skills progression. We got high enough to take a look at the icy start to Ledge Route – which in the warming temperatures and rain will probably be gone in a day or two. […]...

Swimming Up Castle Ridge

  Swim, Wade, Post-hole, Climb, Swim, Wade, Bum slide…. Well, today was about pushing through the deep, soft, unconsolidated snow to get some fun climbing. We did climb Castle Ridge, but it was a hard (even though it was short) walk in, a harder than usual climb (with all the clearing and unhelpful snow acting […]...

Footpath Awareness Day

On Wednesday, the Friends of Nevis in association with the Nevis Landscape Partnership put on a day of CPD for Ben Nevis Footpath Awareness, run by Dougie Sinclair. It was a great day learning all about the footpaths, why they are built, where they are built, how they are maintained, how the work is done, […]...

Wintery Summit Of Ben Nevis

Working for Abacus Mountain Guides. On Wednesday I was out with Steven Ferrier on his 50th birthday. He wanted to summit Ben Nevis, and wow did he choose a great day for it! There was a great deal of snow from the previous 12 hours, and in places it was in huge deep drifts. Luckily […]...

Ben Nevis Mountain Track

On Saturday I was working along side Andy, and between us we had 3 clients – Phil, Annabel and Sam. At 830m Phil needed to go down, so Andy guided him down along with Phil’s daughter Annabel. I carried on with Sam to the summit. We put crampons on in the upper zig zags, which […]...

Ledge, Summit, CMD

On Saturday (working for Abacus Mountain Guides) Andy and I met up with Johan and his team in Fort William for a trip up Ben Nevis. They didn’t want the standard trip up the Mountain track, but the Ledge Route instead, with a possible shot at the CMD on the way down. On the walk […]...

Tower Ridge In Great Winter Condition

On Tuesday, I met up with Martin again for our last day of winter mountaineering/climbing. He wanted to climb Tower Ridge, so the last few days had been training/preparation for this great ridge. The weather was the beginning of the settled high pressure, so there was very little wind, no rain/snow and the visibility was […]...

Ledge Route And White Out On Ben Nevis

  On Sunday I met up with Dan and Martin. They wanted to go over their winter skills as well as do a mountaineering route on Ben Nevis, that they wouldn’t normally solo. They’ve done a huge amount of summer scrambling, but want to move into the winter environment. Sunday turned out to be a […]...

Tower Ridge For Fun In Rain/Snow

On Monday 4th Matt and I were desperate to get out and climb something, even though the forecast was pretty awful. He had climbed Curved Ridge (or variation thereof!) the day before in the rain, and now we set off to climb Tower Ridge initially in the rain. The weather was set for heavy rain/sleet/snow […]...

Intro To Climbing Week (7th-11th)

On Monday I met up with Josh and Kevin ready for their Introduction to Winter Climbing. They had both been on 2 winter skills courses over the last couple of years, and were now ready to use 2 tools. Josh has been out a little over the last couple of months with a selection of […]...

Climbing Weekend (5th+6th)

Last weekend I met up with Sean Kerr again and this time he had a 2 day hit for some more winter climbing. The conditions were great and we managed to climb the SW Ridge on the Douglas Boulder on the Saturday and Green Gully on Sunday. Green Gully was particularly good. We were the […]...

Great Snow And Ice?!

  Jagged Globe – Winter Mountaineering course With Laura and Martin I went to Ben Nevis and climbed Number 2 gully, and came down Number 4 gully. Great neve and ice for ice belays. Some iced up cracks. There were many climber enjoying many routes – the harder routes were a little rattly, but the […]...

Messing About On Tower Ridge

  Jagged Globe – Private Guiding Course Today I thought it would be a great day for Tower Ridge with Lucy. The weather was brilliant. Everybody seemed to be out climbing. We approached Tower Ridge using the short cut start avoiding the Douglas Chimney to save time. It did save time, but still there was […]...

Ledge & No.3

  Jagged Globe – Winter Courses – Private Guiding Today was day 2 and Lucy wanted to push herself as far as possible, mentally (learning) and physically. She quickly walked up to the CIC in 50 minutes (through the rain and wind) and then we paused for thought – sheltering behind the CIC (with lots […]...

Number 2 Gully, Number 4 Gully

  Jagged Globe – Private Guiding – 5 day course. Yesterday I met up with Lucy for a 5 day Private Course for Jagged Globe. After talking, it was clear that she was able to take a very accelerated learning curve for winter climbing / mountaineering. So we started with some winter skills, then some […]...