Dry on Skye

Yesterday on the crest of the Black Cuillin. Today ( 27th August) would be very different as a pile of windy and very wet weather is sliding through.

Grand Couloir

Reports suggest the route accessing the Goûter Refuge, via the Grand Couloir on the Mt Blanc approach is currently very dry and dangerous. This video shows what can happen. Anyone fancy a holiday in Scotland!?


Deer Stalking

Anyone visiting the Scottish hills at this time of the year should be aware of stalking on estates and ask for information of areas being used. This link is a good place to start.

Well done Team GB

Well I don’t know about everyone else, but the big success for London 2012 has been a breath of fresh air for me. It’s just great to hear positive reports from the media, in place of the usual doom and gloom. No doubt the paralympics will generate similar success. Well done Seb Coe and his extensive management team and of course every athlete and the millions of people who turned out to cheer for Team GB. Truly inspirational.

Steall Appeal

The John Muir Trust has launched the Steall Gorge footpath appeal. See this link

Earlier this year, the Trust won £25,000 towards the upgrade after topping the voting in a contest organised by the European  Outdoor Conservation Association.We’re now looking to raise £60,000 to complete the shortfall we need to make critical repairs in good time. This is a great footpath deserving of some care and attention so please pass on the message to everyone you know.

Great Weather

Spike Sellers on his way to Skye, after a successful day on the CMD Arete. A traverse of the black Cuillin awaits with fine weather forecast.

Paddling in Japan

One of my winter climbing guests is also a keen kayak paddler, both at home in Japan and here in Scotland. On this page of the blog I’ll upload photos and comments from ‘Yoshi’ as they arrive. Thanks to Yasuyoshi Sakai.

Rainy season will have gone and summer will have come in the next few days, although I am not sure El Nino in Pacific Ocean and Okhotsk High Pressure, which have caused low temperature in cloudy SHIMOKITA Peninsula along the east coast of Pacific Ocean in contrast with sunny TSUGARU along the west coast of JAPAN Sea in these few days, will be dominant in this summer. Dated 22nd July 2012.

God TV

Recently Spike Sellers and Richard Strivens were working with a film crew from God TV on Ben Nevis. A photographic record can be found on Spike’s Flickr pages

"god TV"

Filming on Ben Nevis

Mont Blanc du Tacul North Face Triangle


Did two routes on this left hand side (don’t know the name) and Cheri couloir on the right. Both in perfect condition but with temperatures rising they won’t be for much longer.Regards

Mike Anderson

(two days ago)

"mont blanc du tacul"

Mont Blanc du Tacul - North Face Triangle

Bishorn today

Thanks to Mike Anderson for this photo taken today of the Bishorn.

Bishorn from the hut