Posts for category: Scotwinter

Avalanche Debris, 8th March

                  On the 7th I had a great day working at Outward Bound, despite the heavy rain. That was the first day this year that I have gone to work wearing 2 waterproof jackets – and been grateful for them both. I had a great morning with […]...

Intro Winter Mountaineering (2nd-6th)

                    A couple of weeks ago I was working on an Introduction to Winter Mountaineering course for Jagged Globe, with Andy Chapman. It was a pretty difficult week of weather. On the Monday the group learnt the hard way about what Scotland weather can be like […]...

Harrison’s And Spindrift

                    Today I was out with Lena on Ben Nevis. We got to the CIC, and the temperature was higher than we wanted. We thought about our list of possibilities for the day, and looked around seeing queues forming at the bottom of most of them […]...

Ben After The Rain

              Today, working for UHI, I was out on Ben Nevis, working on winter mountaineering skills, around the base of the Douglas Boulder. There was a lot of evidence of fresh avalanche debris (from last night / this morning?) out of some of the more likely suspects – e.g. […]...

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 […]...

Castle, Ledge, Curtain

                    Working for West Coast Mountain Guides with James and Nicola. We parked for Ben Nevis, and I don’t think I have ever seen so many cars in the North Face car park, or along both sides of the road leading to it – and this […]...

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 […]...

Broad Gully – Deep Snow

                  Yesterday, the Jagged Globe Intro to Winter Mountaineering course had a terrific last day for the team. Over the week the team have been learning winter skills, and an intro to Winter Mountaineering with looking at anchors and basic ropework. We planned a day up into […]...

Introduction To Winter Mountaineering

                    This week with Jagged Globe I am working on an Introduction to Winter Mountaineering course, alongside Alex and Jamie. On Tuesday we managed to get a summit in practicing the skills they learnt on Monday. Yesterday we had another day out in Glencoe in strong […]...

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 […]...

Douglas Boulder – Thawing

                    Today I was with Mark, Toby, Kevin and Nigel on day 2 of the Introduction to Winter Mountaineering weekend course for Jagged Globe – and we went to Ben Nevis to find some suitable snow, and try to find some wind shelter. The morning was […]...

Intro To Winter Mountaineering – Weekend

                    On Friday night I met up with Toby, Nigel and Kevin at the beginning of their Jagged Globe, Introduction to Winter Mountaineering Weekend. Saturday was a difficult day of strong winds, heavy gusts, white out at times, but the Nevis Range was busy with lots […]...

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 […]...

Introduction To Winter Mountaineering

              Today I was working with Tony H. and we were with a group on the first day of their Jagged Globe ‘Introduction to Winter Mountaineering’ course. After analysing the weather and conditions we headed out to Ben Nevis. We went through a lot of introductory skills, but 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 […]...

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 […]...

Ropework and Ice

              Last Tuesday I met up with Doug MacDonald. He has recently done his SPA training, and is soon to attend his assessment, later this month. He wanted to spend half a day ‘fine tuning’ his ropework, and work on ideas of how to become more efficient. We met […]...

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 […]...

Buachaille Etive Mor – 2 Munros

                  Hunter Mountaineering On Saturday I was out with Sean. He has started munro bagging, but currently he is doing it the hard way – all of his munros to date have been in winter. He wanted me to check his route planning/choice and decision making as […]...

End Of The Jagged Globe Season

                    Last Friday was the last day of the Jagged Globe 2013-2014 winter season in Scotland. The only course running was the ‘Introduction to Winter Mountaineering’ with Stuart, Mark (for 3 days), Penny, Emma, Rachel and Nicola. I was working with Dave. I wanted to get […]...

Day 4 – Introduction To Winter Mountaineering

  Last Thursday was Day 4 of the Jagged Globe ‘Introduction to Winter Mountaineering’ course. Dave was working with me for the last 3 days of the course. After 2 days of learning skills, and Wednesday around Stob Coire nan Lochan (panorama above), I wanted a bigger challenge for the team. I looked at the […]...

Best Weather Of The Season?

                    Jagged Globe – Introduction to Winter Mountaineering Today was day 3 of the course with Mike, Stuart, Emma, Rachel, Penny and Nicola. I was working with Dave Buckett. After all the training on Monday and Tuesday it was time for a journey – so we […]...

Intro Mountaineering, Day 2

                    Jagged Globe – Introduction to Winter Mountaineering Today was day 2 with Stuart, Mike, Nicola, Rachel, Penny and Emma. I chose to go to the slopes above the CIC hut, to put the group in crampons on steeper ground for the first time. We also […]...

Windy On Aonach Mor

                    Jagged Globe – Introduction to Winter Mountaineering Today was day 1 with Rachel, Emma, Penny, Nicola, Mark and Stuart. We headed off to Aonach Mor to benefit from the Nevis Range Gondola. The plan was to do choose a selection of venues for training somewhere […]...

Ben Nevis Under Snow Again

                                                                          Hunter Mountaineering Today I was out with Liz (Great Glen Adventures) and Tommy, working for myself. They were […]...

Hill Walking Leadership

                    Today I was out with a team of ATM1 students from UHI WHC in Fort William. Today was an assessment day on their Hill Walking Leadership module. The group was Cameron, Calum, Dan, Kate, Liam and Edith, and they were dressed for winter even though […]...