Category Archives: Scottish winter climbing.

Glovers Chimney – Ben Nevis.

Classic Scottish winter climbing – Glovers Chimney Ben Nevis photo Mark Hartree First ascent winter 1935 by G.C McPhee and party. My first introduction to this classic route was on my first ascent of Tower Ridge in the early 70’s … Continue reading

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Out of the wind on Ben Nevis – Right hand gully Moonlight Gully Buttress. Waterfall Gully, The Curtain, Douglas Boulder Tower Scoop etc.

The weather on Ben Nevis can be fickle and when we ran our annual winter course we were often met by high winds. When the big routes were out due to weather we usually managed to get a route lower … Continue reading

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My mate Tom Mac Donald RIP.

Tom MacDonald I have the just had the sad news of my pal Tom MacDonald died on Thursday at his home in Dundee. I have no other news as yet. It was a huge shock as I thought the man … Continue reading

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Point Five Gully Ben Nevis. A few takes from 1959 on wards.

1959 – 16 Jan 1959 J.M.Alexander, I.S Clough, D. Pipes, R.Shaw. To many on Ben Nevis Point Five Gully is perhaps the most famous gully in Scotland, and one of the world’s most sought-after winter climbs. Its first ascent, led … Continue reading

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Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team Routes on Ben Nevis in winter. Ian Clough and others.

In the 50’s when National Service was mandatory a few climbers were posted to RAF Kinloss in the UK the Mountain Rescue Team in Morayshire in the North of Scotland. As the team trained most weekends at various Base Camps … Continue reading

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Cracking books and ideas for climbing the hills. “Scotlands Mountain Ridges.” Dan Bailey and that old favourite the SMC District Guides.

This is great guidebook with a mix of summer scrambling, rock climbing and winter mountaineering on Scotland’s ridges, from the remote Cairngorms to the splendour of the Cuillin. Graceful carved walkways slung between summits, twisted spines of stone – ridges … Continue reading

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Tricky winter hills – Beinn a Chaorainn.

I was speaking to a winter mountaineer the other day about Beinn a Chaorainn. A Munro on the Laggan road that is often combined with Beinn Teallach. He was unaware that on poor conditions Beinn a Chaorainn can be a … Continue reading

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Assynt – Ben Mhor Coigach Sgurr an Fhidhleir – The Fhidhleir

My friend Terry was up North visiting Assynt he had a couple of great days. I cover for him when he is alone on the hill. It’s a bit of back up for him he sent me a few great … Continue reading

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Every picture tells a story – Sirius Falls – Assynt.

I had been speaking to the late Andy Nisbet about a big waterfall Eas A’ Chual Aluin. It is in Assynt at grid reference NC 282 278. This waterfall is one of the highest waterfalls in Britain. The fall is … Continue reading

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What’s your best Winter climb for the Mid range winter climber? A few of mine – Tower Ridge, Hadrian’s Wall, Comb and Green Gully plus many more.

After looking at The Classic Cold Climbs my mind was taken back to favourite winter climbs. To me it was about my companions and the day. I was so lucky to have climbed many routes before the crowds came in … Continue reading

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