Worth a punt?

Tuesday, 21st January 2014 by
The steep middle pitchThere’s a lot of guesswork involved in Scottish winter climbing. Making decisions about where to go, and whether conditions will be amenable to climbing. It’s been even more of a gamble this year, with a lot of stormy, wet and much milder conditions than we’ve been used to in recent years.

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Shadow Buttress A

Monday, 13th January 2014 by
Sunrise on the walk to LochnagarLast weekend I climbed Yukon Jack in Coire an T-Sneachda with Adrian. It was a nice climb to start the winter climbing season. But this weekend, we wanted to get away from the crowds and head somewhere different. The weather looked better in the East, so we thought Lochnagar might be a good alternative.

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The Needle, Shelterstone Crag

Sunday, 21st July 2013 by
Laetitia sets off on the fifth pitch of The NeedleWith all the dry weather we decided we really needed to take advantage and drive up to the Scottish mountains.

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Pete on the approach up Observatory GullyWe’ve just had three fantastic winter days in Scotland. Blue sky, hardly any wind, and lots and lots of ice.

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Ben Nevis, Point Five Gully

Sunday, 17th March 2013 by
Pete emerging from the Ben Nevis summit shelter after we'd eaten our sandwiches, massaged our feet, and inspected Pete's injuries...Another night sleeping in the back of the car, another 4am alarm call, and another world-class classic Scottish winter route. This time on the mountain that some might consider to be the “crucible of Scottish winter climbing”, the north face of Ben Nevis.

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The Pumpkin, Creag Meagaidh

Sunday, 24th February 2013 by
The view down Coire Ardair from the top of the 4th pitch of the Pumpkin.  A frozen Loch Laggan is visible in the distance, and we could just see Ardverikie House on the far shore.It’s a long way to the West Highlands, even from the Lakes. However, with such a great weather forecast and the recent days of cold weather the conditions looked awesome, so the long drive and not inconsiderable fuel costs was well worth considering. But we wanted to go somewhere new to us – Creag Meagaidh […]

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This is why we do it!

Sunday, 3rd February 2013 by
Belaying at the top of the second pitchBy Friday I was already shattered after a really busy week . But somehow, I was still really looking forward to getting out climbing on Saturday.

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Hiking across the plateauAlong with Rachel and Richard and some friends from England I headed for Newtonmore in the Cairngorms for a week’s holiday over New Year. The forecasts were looking pretty dire, but we never let that dampen our enthusiasm! So my friend Amy and I set our alarms for early on Sunday morning, the first day […]

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