Thursday, 8 February 2018

Winter climbing guiding - Ben Nevis, Glencoe and Skye.

It's been a busy week since the last blog, with two days of winter skills with students from West Highland College from the School of Adventure Studies and five days of private guiding with Paul.

Paul and I have had a great run of weather and a tour of the West Highlands. We started with Curved ridge and then Western rib on the West face of Aonach Mor, both in great condition and bathed in sunshine. We then decided to make a quick hit to Skye and spent the day covering loads of mountaineering ground at the northern end. Day 4 was a 'rest' day with Paul leading us up the Zig Zags before we made a quick getaway for coffee and cake and day five was the icing on the cake with an ascent of Tower ridge, which was a great day out.

Conditions at the moment are great with a fantastic covering of snow, the ice routes are forming well and have seen some traffic although reports are that they are difficult to protect at the moment. Tower The big ridges have a good covering of snow making them feel slightly easier but belays and protection are hard to come by.

Am Bastier, Skye winter

Am Bastier on Skye.

Skye cuillin in winter

Looking south on Skye towards the middle Munro's.

Ben Nevis in winter

Ben Nevis.

Curved ridge in winter

Curved ridge.

Western Rib Aonach Mor

Western rib.

zig zags, Glencoe

The Zig Zags in Glencoe.

Tower ridge, Ben Nevis

Topping out on Tower ridge after a great week.

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