This afternoon in was in Glen Nevis on an intro to climbing session.
With the sun scortching on the rock the Cassidy family made good progress up Scimitar ridge.
After a quick dunk in the stream we finished with an abseil on SW crag. #glennevis #Climbing #Abseil
Today we were in Glen Nevis climbing with Finin and her family for their last day in Scotland.
We started off on Scimitar ridge on the guys 1st outing on rock before moving over to the Alp where Casper put up a long pitch of climbing on the classic route the Gutter and i had an abseil going. We then finished off with 2 harder climbs on SW buttress to challenge the guys and teach them belaying. All by lunch time.
The rock was mostly dry, but with no wind the midges had th
Day 2 with Ian and Mat and we headed for Curved Ridge in Glen Coe for West Coast Mountain Guides. The snow wasn’t frozen for most of the day which made for hard work up the avalanche debris at the base of Rannoch wall, on the ridge and on the exit slopes. But Curved ridge is in very good condition and the weather was anazing. We descending down the corie on firm snow avoiding the corniced edge. The approach, Rannoch wall in centre The summit Corniced edge Descending #Glencoe
Today i was on Western Rib on the west face of Aonach Mor with Ian and Mat, for West Coast Mountain Guides. With a big thaw and rain overnight the crags were pretty black compared to yesterday. The snow was very wet and heavy but the turf that was exposed was still frozen. #winter #Aonachmor #Nevisrange #Climbing
Day 2 with Sam and Nicole for Kirkhope Mountaineering, we introduced the rope on School house ridge. The aim of the day was to winterise their summer climbing knowledge. This entailed lots of digging for gear placements, belay stance management and what to do for a belay when all you have is a snowy ridge. We also introduced mountaineering coils and rope techniques and the differing safety elements of using the rope. There was a lot of fresh windslab on the ridge and in the
On a wet and wild day with John for West Coast Mountain Guides, School house ridge in Glen Coe was a safe bet. Not much winter on the ridge but slush was falling from all angles at about 800m, although not much settling. We looked at bucket seats and body belaying before making our way up the steeper rocky steps. Before a few last bucket seats on the steeper snow to the shoulder peak. The descent was interesting with both of us being blown to the ground by the gusts at arou
The Zig Zags via the direct buttress was the best option today for father and son team for Kirkhope Mountaineering. The guys wanted to get their teeth stuck into something and the direct route up the front of Gearr Aonach fitted the bill. A few thought provoking moves on the wet rock saw us up 3 good pitches of scrambling before descending down the normal route, with an abseil descent, concluded the day. Up! Down! #glencoe #Mountaineering #Climbing #Fortwilliam
The western rib on the west face of Aonach Mor was a good choice for Richard and Gregor to get their teeth stuck in to for West Coast Mountain Guides. Plenty of fresh snow on the walk in and on the route we had pretty much everything: mixed turf, deep wading, soft aretes, ice, rime ice and sun! We did about 8 pitches and then turned to mountaineering mode for the top section. Summit sun! #aonachmor #Nevisrange #Mountaineering #Winter #Climbing
The east ridge of the north top of Stob Ban was the route of choice for today for West Coast Mountain Guides, with strong SW winds it was quite sheltered. Getting to the ridge is still tricky with swolen rivers and a wet snow pack. The ridge itself was mostly black on the buttresses with snow on the aretes. The guys led themselves up the 1st 3 pitches and changed the rope technique to moving together. #Stobban #Glennevis #Mountaineering #Winter #Climbing #Fortwilliam
School House ridge was the safe route choice for today, working for West Coast Mountain Guides. With high temperatures and rain making the snow heavey there was lots of evidence of natural avalanches in most cories. Today we looked at mountaineering rope techniques and belay building with short pitches. #glencoe #Mountaineering #Climbing #Winter