Winter leaving?

Finally warm weather appears to be on the move north. Ben Nevis still has snow remaining in all the major easy gullies and the ridges will keep snow for some time, although burning off fairly quickly. The big rock faces are still weeping and damp for the time being and climbs such as The Long Climb will be wet and difficult. The photos show Ben Nevis last Sunday.




IPad testing

Just testing my new iPad for uploading to this blog. Using WordPress for iOS. Anyone out there have any advice on this app or any other good stuff? Text seems okay but now for a photo! Hey folks. It appears to work. Must celebrate, as it took a while to work out. Good night!



Loads of Snow

Dropping off some folks at Inverness airport today, showed up the large amounts of snow still lying on the higher Scottish hills. These two shots are of Ben Wyvis. Also today, ski-ing in the Cairngorms by all accounts. The forecast suggests an end to this colder weather pattern, so maybe more rock climbing to come. Today on Rannoch Wall it was a touch greasy according to Spike Sellers.

Sun Dogs

From a friend on the Greenland ice cap. Thanks Bruce.

Greenland ice cap sun dogs

Almost done! Streaking across the icecap at 9mph with a plane to catch in 10 days time, but only 340 miles to go so no problem! Looking forward to some tramping and MT biking. Day after day of spectacular sun dogs, of various types whilst we were at Summit Camp. Attached is a shot of one of them.



Winter clinging on


Some shots from Raeburn’s Easy Route on Saturday.  Quite a lot was in – including the Comb.

Hope these may be of interest on the blog.

Kindest regards


Thanks Robin. Still plenty to go for and SAIS are still issuing avalanche forecasts for weekends.

Skye Ridge conditions

Spike and Ken were attempting a traverse over Friday and Saturday last. Unfortunately some very wintry weather got in the way on Friday, although Saturday turned out reasonable. It just goes to show that patience and a flexible daily weather period must be factored into any attempt. Snow, rain and or wind will almost certainly reduce the speed and confidence of the party, as will large groups. West Coast Mountain Guides offer a four-day slot. The instructors keep in touch a day or two prior to arrival and we try and choose the best period based on the weather forecast. See Spike Sellers photos hear The photos in the gallery above were  taken by Ken Applegate. Ken was working on behalf of West Coast Mountain Guides with James. Recommended numbers on a traverse attempt are no more than two to one instructor. Those taking part should have a head for heights and be able to sustain two days of hard challenge on this unique mountain range. Previous rock climbing experience to Severe standard would also help. Check out Black Cuillin Traverse for more detail

Skye adventures

Sea Eagles and loose women! Two inches of new snow on the Black Cuillin tops today (11th May). This last week we avoided the snow and wet high tops by using the new and very good Scottish Mountaineering Club climbing guide to Skye Outcrops and Sea Cliffs. Paddling into some locations and making the most of the sheltered side of the island on a daily basis, we avoided any really bad weather, especially on Wednesday last. The photos tell the story but top marks go to Suidhe Biorach beside Elgol, where we met Tom Prentice (SMC guidebook editor) by chance using the new guide. For truly loose and chossy conditions please avoid Macleod’s Maidens (Old Lady – HVS, 4c)

Bank holiday ice climbing

Hi Alan, Robin and I had a good day out soloing Gardyloo Gully yesterday. I have attached some pics that shows the condition of the ice in the tunnel. We had Observatory Gully all to ourselves, however it was a very different story when we topped out – the Ben was busy with some charity walk. – All the climbs now look very thin apart from GFC and this one – however I think we will get one more weekend of ice before it all goes. Looking to do Raeburns Easy Route next weekend.

take care,


Superb Weather

Thanks to Robin Bennie for these photos taken very recently on Nevis with his mobile phone Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S LT18i. Alpine preparation courses now running on Ben Nevis.


Full winter on Nevis

Thanks to Ken Christie for these photos taken today on Nevis. They climbed Good Friday Climb, which was complete.

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