Posts for category: Hunter Mountaineering

My 10 favourite photos or videos from August

  Jagged Globe, Rock climbing. Day 1. 6th August 2017. from Max Hunter on Vimeo. Jagged Globe Rock climbing. Day 2. 7th August 2017. from Max Hunter on Vimeo. Aonach Eagach on the 12th August 2017 from Max Hunter on Vimeo. Ledge Route, Ben Nevis with Chris and Chris. 15th August 2017. from Max Hunter […]...

My 10 favourite photos from June.

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Trip Advisor – 2017 Certificate of Excellence

  We’re proud to announce that we have just been recognised with a 2017 Certificate of Excellence, based on the consistent reviews on Trip Advisor. Take a look at the Private Guiding options from Hunter Mountaineering – which challenge suits you? Walk up Ben Nevis? A route on the north Face of Ben Nevis, for […]...

My 10 favourite photos from May.

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Devil’s Ridge And Snowmen

  On Tuesday I was with Steve and Paul to do Sgurr an Lubhair (ex-Munro), the Devil’s Ridge and Sgurr a Mhaim (Munro) in the Mamores. On the drive to the car park we could see that there was snow higher up from the night before, so we were all excited to get our first […]...

3 Wise Monkeys

Last night climbing in the Glen was fabulous – almost no midges, no crowds, the rock was warm, and the fading sun was brilliant. I didn’t get back to the van until 9.55pm – these are the days to make the most of the long days and great weather. Then this morning, I was in […]...

Mountain Walking, Navigation And Safety

Today I met Sasha, Hannah, Charlotte (Three Wise Monkeys Climbing) and Christine (and Nim) for a day to look at Mountain Walking, Navigation and Safety. The day was organised by Susan of Nevis Landscape Partnership, and was taken up by these 4 Volunteers. They all had a wide range of backgrounds and experience – and […]...

Navigation With The TVR’s

On Saturday I was out with Ruth, Claire, Nicolle, Katie and Eliot. Most of whom are Trainee Volunteer Rangers for a 10 week block, working with the Nevis Landscape Partnership. The day was aimed at refreshing/developing navigation on the hill, and it was a training day organised by Susan Nicol of the Friends of Nevis […]...

Intro Winter / Learn To Lead

My last work of the 2015-16 winter season was a weekend with Karianne and Sam – learning to lead in winter and develop the efficiency of all things winter and leading. Saturday was a pretty wet day – it rained ALL day, so even by the time we had walked up into Coire nan Lochan, […]...

Navigation Refresher

Today I was with Lizzie, Ruari and Eve on a mountain navigation refresher. The team chose to focus on micro navigation, reduction of inaccuracies, and various nav strategies as well as poor visibility nav. The event today was organised by Susan Nicol of the Nevis Landscape Partnership. Further events can be found here –   http://www.nevislandscape.co.uk/local/events/ […]...

Day Out With Friends

Today I jumped on a plan that Gemma and Lena had already made, so it ended up being the 3 of us that went out for the day. They chose to go to Ben Nevis, and look for a climb. After some chat regarding time, fresh snow, train breaking, avalanche risk and crowds we ended […]...

Leading Up Dorsal Arete

  Hunter Mountaineering – Private Guiding Today was Jo’s last day with me, although she has quite a few more days up here to enjoy before she’s off home again. We took a long time to decide what to do, threw lots of ideas around, lots of reading of forecasts, and maps. Finally at about […]...

Ledge & Down 4

  Hunter Mountaineering – Private Guiding Today Jo and I did Ledge route, which turned out to be hugely sociable, with many other teams on it – all with familiar friendly faces guiding the teams – Steve, Sam, Adele, Chris and Ed. Jo then organised an excellent snow bollard at the top of Number 4 […]...

Number 3 & 4

  Hunter Mountaineering – Private Guiding I met Jo yesterday and she is preparing for her WML assessment. We made a plan today to climb some grade I gullies on Ben Nevis, look at the conditions, and look at a little ropework, but keeping it simple. Just below the top of Number 3 Gully, we […]...

Intro To Climbing – Polldubh

                    Hunter Mountaineering Guiding Sean is currently working his way through the Munros, as well as the 3000′ ers in Wales, in summer and winter, but yesterday he decided to take a day off from his walking, and walking training to have a go at climbing. […]...

Dry At Polney Crag

                    On Thursday I tagged along with Lisa and Lena on their visit to Polney Crag at Dunkeld. We were lucky with the weather and it stayed dry all day, and the weather just got better and better, warmer and warmer. In the sun it was […]...

Spring Glen Nevis Climbing

                    Today I met up again with Davy, who wants to get into summer trad climbing. To date he had done 2 trad climbs – they were in winter, in the rain/snow, in Glen Nevis – Pinnacle Ridge and The Gutter – so it was time […]...

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 […]...

Tower Ridge

                  Don’t forget to get the Knowledge Most of these photos are from Matt – thank you. Matt and Lena were free for a day of fun, so the 3 of us went out to do a route. We all wanted to do the Curtain on Ben […]...

Ledge Route On Wednesday

                    On Wednesday I met up with Michaela and Anthony. Michaela is a member of the LSCC (Ladies Scottish Climbers Club – The LSCC is the oldest all-womens mountaineering club still in existence). They wanted to learn more about how to tackle winter climbs, and also […]...

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 […]...

Climbing During The Lull

                    Stuart has joined me for 3 days of climbing this weekend. I initially thought that the 3 days were all going to be storm bound, so I was really happy to read about the lull between last nights storm and tonights storm – long enough […]...

Ledge Route

  Today I was out with Bryn on Ben Nevis. The plan was to enjoy a grade II, and also do as much learning as possible to help him and Tess get out on the winter hills enjoying some mountaineering safely. We chose Ledge Route, because it is varied and fun. We postponed the day […]...

Ben Nevis – Mountain Path

                      On Tuesday with a great forecast Tom and I set out for a walk up the mountain path on Ben Nevis. We were happy to find the sky clearer than was perhaps forecast, with only high level local clouds, and slight winds, and no […]...

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 […]...

Coire an t-Sneachda, Twin Ribs, Dry

                    Today Gustav and Sara were keen to see a different mountain area, and also keen to have some fine weather, so we headed off to Coire an t- Sneachda, and Twin Ribs. I didn’t know how much snow there would be, but was pleased to […]...

Winter – Ledge Route

                    Today I was out with Sara and Gustav who have come to Scotland for a few days for a little mountaineering. We hired winter equipment yesterday, not really knowing how much we would use it, but made our way up towards Ledge Route today, hoping […]...