Posts for category: Winter Mountaineering

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 […]...

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 […]...

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 […]...

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 […]...

Perfect Weather To Learn Nav

                    Yesterday was the last day of the Jagged Globe Scottish Winter season. I was out with Jim, who wanted to catch a day at the end of the season to develop his winter mountaineering. After a discussion about where his priorities lay, we decided on […]...

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 […]...

Douglas, Avalanche, Wet Pants

                    Sunday was day 2 of the BMC Winter Skills weekend coordinated by Adele Pennington. I was again with Gary and James. They wanted to thoroughly learn the construction and use of snow anchors in relation to winter climbing and possible retreat, followed by multi-pitch stance […]...

On Dorsal Listening To Avalanches

                    Today was day 1 of the BMC Winter Skills weekend based on the West Coast – coordinated by Adele Pennington – who will be giving a lecture tonight, almost as I write. There was a Winter Skills group and 4 Winter Mountaineering Groups. I was […]...

Zig Zag Into Coire Nan Lochan

                    Today I was working for the Ice Factor alongside Jamie B. We initially had 6 clients, but by the time we were ready it had reduced down to only 3! It was late by the time we started so we opted for the short day […]...

Ledge Route – Cutting Corners

                    Friday was day 5 of the Jagged Globe Winter Mountaineering Course. I was out with Jennie and Jo for the last time this week. We decided that Ledge Route would be perfect to finish off their course. However they wanted something a little harder than […]...

Busy Dorsal Arete

                    Today was day 4 of the Jagged Globe Winter Mountaineering Course. I was with Jo and Jennie and we headed off to Stob Coire nan Lochan to do Dorsal Arete. We luckily got onto the route first because behind us developed a long line of […]...

Douglas Boulder

                    Today was day 3 of the Winter Mountaineering Course at Jagged Globe. A few of the teams were out on Dorsal Arete, Boomerang Arete, and a team was at the Ice Factor. I was with Jennie and Jo and we headed for the Douglas Boulder […]...

Zig-Zags And Stob Coire Nan Lochan

                    Day 2 of the Jagged Globe Winter Mountaineering course today. I was out with Mariusz, Danny and Jon. We started on the Zig Zags, which was windy at times, but we were shortly at the top of Gearr Aonach. Here we measured winds at a […]...

Winter Mountaineering, Nid Ridge

                    Today was day 1 for the new team on the Jagged Globe Winter Mountaineering course. We headed to Aonach Mor with lots of other teams, and we all shared venues on and around the nid ridge. We revisited lots of winter skills, they had learnt […]...

Am Bodach On Friday

                    On Friday it was my last day with the Jagged Globe Introduction to Winter Mountaineering Team. The team hadn’t made a single summit during the week unfortunately, so that was one of the big boxes to tick during the improved weather window that Friday showed. […]...

Quite A Lot Of Snow

                    On Thursday I was back at work after getting a sprained ankle 9 days ago. I guess I chose a good week to have with my foot up – the weather outdoors looked pretty awful, but being unable to work and be active was pretty […]...

Wild On Ben Nevis. Douglas Is Busy.

                    Team Jagged Globe (Andy and Rob) were out for their last of 3 days on Sunday. Rob came up with a great packaging job for his stitched finger (including gaffa tape among other things) and a good selection of new gloves. The snow line was […]...

Nearly Dorsal

                    Jagged Globe Today I met up with Rob and Andy for the first of 3 days. They wanted time moving up and down about grade II ground as well as a little abseil practice in preparation for their upcoming expedition in August. The plan for […]...

A Very Snowy And Wild CMD

                    Jagged Globe – Winter Summits Today with Olga and Roisin, and missing Dave’s company, we headed off to the Ben. The forecast wasn’t great with moderate/strong winds, poor visibility (basically in the white room all day), rising temperatures and showers of snow/rain, but I thought […]...

Refreshing WML Skills – On The Ben

                    Today I was with Dave and Malc. Dave is in the middle of his precious few days he has on this trip, up from South Wales. He wanted to focus on a few bits of the WML syllabus, so we spent the day looking at […]...

CMD And A View To The North Face

                  Today I was working for Ben Nevis Mountain Guides and I was out with a very keen Sean and Dave heading for the CMD ridge on Ben Nevis. We set off early in the dark, to try and get back to the van still in daylight, […]...

Winter Mountaineering Skills

              Sunday was my second day with the students of UL working for InMyElement. We headed up to the lower coire of Stob Coire nan Lochan to find a lower stable snow slope for looking at avalanche awareness and snow anchors. All the students managed to stay warm, happy […]...

Lots Of Activity On The Ben

              The activity was last nights snow movements rather than crowds of people. I only spotted 3 climbing teams, 1 winter skills team, and a few people out for a walk/recce. Today I was out with Claire on the second day of her winter climbing holiday. The SAIS forecast […]...

Stob Coire Nan Lochan

              Today I was working for Atlas Mountaineering. Today was my last of 3 days with Dilbinder, and the weather didn’t seem to be improving – in fact it wasn’t the alarm that woke me this morning but the drumming of the hail on the windows! When I met […]...

South Ridge Of Meall Cumhann

              Today I was working for Atlas Mountaineering. With today’s deteriorating forecast (with increasing temperatures, wind and rain in the afternoon) and with the availability of low level snow, Dilbinder and I headed for the grade II summer scramble of the South Ridge of Meall Cumhann in Glen Nevis. […]...