Posts for category: Glencoe

Dorsal Arete

  Jagged Globe – Snow and Ice Climbing Course, Day 5. On Friday, Tim, James and I headed up to Stob Coire nan Lochan aiming for Dorsal Arete. The plan was for James and Tim to lead the route and be as independent as possible. There was much greater visibility in the coire than Thursday […]...

Ordinary Route (Central Buttress)

Jagged Globe – Snow and Ice Climbing Course. Day 4. This was a difficult day to make a decision as to what to do. During breakfast my garden went from green to white, and there was thick snow on my van. It had also been snowing overnight. Looking at the hills it was immediately obvious […]...

Sheltered Zig Zags

                                      Today we were forecast gusting winds of up to 70mph from the S / SW on the West Coast – so Steve and I took shelter from the worst of it on the Zig-Zags on Gearr […]...

Pink Rib On Beinn a Chrulaiste

                  Today we were still taking care of Steve’s ankle, so we were looking for an easy day, that wouldn’t strain it too much. Hopefully it’ll be back to full strength later this week. As we drive into Glencoe we finally decided upon doing the Pink Rib […]...

Pap Of Glencoe

Yesterday, working for the UHI WHC, I was with Amy, Rhianna, Natalia, Sean and Swaan. We had already had a great day on Monday on Buachaille Etive Beag, and yesterday we went up the Pap of Glencoe. It was the last day of this stunning dry weather, so it was brilliant to spend it on […]...

Aonach Eagach

Cathy and Barrie have walked all over the world (almost literally), and have done most walks in Scotland you would care to mention, but Monday was the turn of the Aonach Eagach scramble. I was kept entertained all day with their incredible stories of their adventures – quite inspirational. It makes me feel like I […]...

Salomon Glencoe Skyline

  Yesterday was the Salomon Glencoe Skyline race. www.skylinescotland.com “Soaring ridges, exposed traverses and precipitous drops. Fast and light over rough and technical terrain. A fusion of alpinism and mountain running. Welcome to Skyrunning.” I was in the Mountain Safety team with Gillian, Iain, Dave and Jamie. We started our day working on Curved Ridge. […]...

Aonach Eagach in Glencoe

Yesterday, working for Abacus Mountain Guides, I met Nigel and Amanda. They had done the Aonach Eagach before, but it really poor weather, so they wanted to do it again and enjoy the views, and enjoy a day of dry rock. With views and dry rock, it really is a different experience, and so the […]...

Dorsal Arete – Still Winter Condition

On Monday, Martin and I headed to Glencoe to climb Dorsal Arete. The weather was forecast to be mixed, there was not much precipitation due, but with gusts of up to 50mph from a W’ly direction. I thought we would be sheltered from much of this during our climb. The snow on the route is […]...

NC into Raeburn’s?

  Jagged Globe – Private Guiding Course Lucy wanted something harder than yesterday (Ledge Route and Number 3 Gully), to test herself, and she wanted to polish her seconding belaying, as well as start to develop leader belaying. With the winds, weather and conditions we decided to go to Stob Coire nan Lochan and look […]...

Perfect Glencoe Day

                    On Thursday last week I met up with Davy for a couple of days of climbing. Due to the amazing weather he chose to go for some longer routes in classic settings, so we decided on Rannoch Wall on Buachaille Etive Mor and Agag’s Groove […]...

Glencoe, Pink Rib

                  On the 23rd I met up with Louise who was in the area for just 2 days looking to do some scrambling. We decided to have a gentle start to the 2 days with an ascent of Pink Rib. This seemed to be just right. We […]...

Sunnies, Suncream And Baselayers

                  Sunday was my last day working for Atlas Mountaineering with Avi and Derek. They had to drive south at the end of the day, so we planned for a day in Coire nan Lochan to help give them an early get away time in the afternoon. […]...

Twisting + NC/Raeburn’s

                    On Thursday/Friday I was working for Jagged Globe at the end of their winter season – with Adam. Adam started the week on Monday with his first day on crampons. After 2 days of winter skills training, on Wednesday Alex Ekins did some ropework with […]...

BMC Winter Mountaineering – Leading Dorsal Arete

                                                                            On the Sunday, on the BMC Winter Mountaineering weekend Abbi and Tom were ready to lead something […]...

BMC Winter Mountaineering Weekend

                    Over the weekend I was working for the BMC on their Winter Mountaineering/Walking weekend based up in North Ballachulish. I was teamed up with Abbi and Tom. They are both currently studying at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich (which is where I […]...

Winter Mountaineering Last Week

                    Last week I was working for Jagged Globe on a 5 day Winter Mountaineering Course – with 11 clients. On the Monday we went to Aonach Mor for a revision of Winter Skills, and quick look at steep ground and revision of basic ropework including […]...

Raeburn’s Route

                  Hunter Mountaineering Yesterday I met up with David, who is here for the weekend to get in a little winter climbing. He specifically wanted to do a route in Glencoe, so this morning we headed to the Glencoe car parks, and we managed to get the […]...

Dorsal Arete

                    Today I was working for West Coast Mountain Guides. I met James and Nicola in Fort William. We started the day with fitting crampons, issuing kit, kit checks, and chatting about what they had done, and wanted from the 2 days – they plan to […]...

Twisting Gully

                    Yesterday I was out with Mark Hendry, joining him as he looked at some routes in Coire nan Lochan. Here are some photos from Twisting Gully. The conditions still seem to be good, but the rock was black without any riming on the main buttresses. […]...

Twisting Gully

                  Today I met up with Paul and Guy at the Clachaig. They were looking for a revision for their winter climbing, and also a taste of what grade IV climbing might be like. We headed up into a busy Stob Coire nan Lochan. There were a […]...

Broad Gully

                  Today was the last day with Toby, Kevin and Nigel on their Jagged Globe ‘Introduction to Winter Mountaineering’ long weekend. The forecast didn’t look awesome, but not as stormy as a week or so ago, so I was glad for that. We headed up to Coire […]...

A Lot Of Snow In Glencoe

                                                        On Thursday last week the conditions were incredibly wet (heavy rain all day) and it was too stormy to get higher, so we covered some of the […]...

Dorsal Arete In The Wind

                    Yesterday Stuart and I headed off to the Ice Factor . We got a long session on the ice first thing in the morning before the crowds arrived. After a good lunch from the cafe, we moved onto indoor rock climbing and looking at a […]...

Zig-Zags And Heavy Snow

                    Today was my last day with Sara and and Gustav. I wanted to show them somewhere new, and give them a scramble and a journey, and find somewhere where we would need the axe and crampons. Sara also wanted to practice using emergency rope ascending […]...

North Buttress, Buachaille Etive Mor

                    On Saturday I was working for Abacus Mountain Guides. I met up with Neal and Tim in the morning and we headed off to Glenoce. They have already climbed Tower Ridge, Ledge Route, Castle Ridge and Curved Ridge. On Saturday we planned to climb North […]...

Aonach Eagach – Friday

                    On Friday I was working for Abacus Mountain Guides. The forecast for Friday was better than Thursday, we were set for a mostly dry day with only a few light showers. In the morning I met up with Ewen, Rebecca and their sons, Rory (14) […]...

Aonach Eagach – Thursday

                    On Thursday I was working for Abacus Mountain Guides. Thursday did not have a great forecast! It was set to be a wet day with initially prolonged heavy rain spells, decreasing in the afternoon to just rain showers – a day for waterproofs! Paul wasn’t […]...

Hiccup

                    On Tuesday, Lena and I had a day off together, and in this incredible hot spell, we went climbing. We chose to go and do Hiccup (VS***) on Central Buttress of the Buachaille. The approach is the Fun North Face Route (S**). Lena chose pitch […]...

Curved Ridge And Lena Working

                    On Monday David, Katie and Phoebe had their day on Curved Ridge with Hunter Mountaineering. I was working alongside Lena for the day. The weather forecast indicated that we would get a little drizzle during the day, with possibly cloud affecting our view, but as […]...