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Curved Ridge && An Teallach Tops - Two things that I really enjoy about the work I do is meeting great people, and taking them on real adventures. The past two days have had both in abundance. Yesterday, Andy and I took Kathryn, Tracy and their teenage kids; Noah (11), Sophie (13) and Neive (12) up Curved Ridge on Buachaille Etive Mor. The weather played ball, and the two teams flew up the best scramble of its grade in the UK. Its hugely inspiring to see such young mountaineers really getti...
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Snowy on Tower Ridge today - Paul and I made a rather wintry ascent of Tower Ridge today. With a couple of fairly strong gusts whilst walking up towards the CIC Hut this morning, I must admit, I had my fingers crossed that the weather would do as the forecasts predicted, which was for the winds to ease off from late morning. Thankfully they did, but the weather didn't ease off before it had put down a good dusting of snow above 1100m, up to 4 inches in sheltered spots. That said, the snow w...
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Showers && sunshine on Sgurr na Banachdich and the In Pinn - The mixed weather in the Highlands continue, but with the promise of the clouds clearing and weather improving at around midday, Michelle, Katie and myself reached the summits of Sgurr na Banachdich and the In Pinn on the Isle of Skye today. Our damp and blustery ascent of Sgurr na Banachdich, the first Skye Munro for both Michelle and Katie, was as much to reach the summit as it was to delay our ascent of the In Pinn by a couple ...
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North East Buttress, Ben Nevis - Today, Paul and I tackled one of Ben Nevis' great mountaineering routes; North East Buttress. North East Buttress is the most striking feature when walking up the Allt a' Mhuilinn, and is a hugely popular winter climb. It sees far less traffic during the summer months, but still give's an excellent day out. When damp, the rock is quite slippery, so a bit more traffic outwith the winter, to clean the rock up, wouldn't go amiss! From the initial traverse to ga...
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Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, The In Pinn and Sgurr na Banachdich - More Munro bagging action on the main Cuillin Ridge for our Skye Munros Course today. With today's forecast being the best of the week, we tackled Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, The In Pinn and Sgurr na Banachdich. The day started off clear, with some great views out to Rum and Canna, as we made our way up to Coire Lagan. This soon changed as we were hit with a sharp shower of hail and rain, but thereafter, we had very little in the way of ...
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Dodging the winds on Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh and Mhadaidh - With the winds due to pick up at 1pm, Adele and I decided to take our Skye Munros team up to An Dorus, from where we nipped up Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh and Sgurr a'Mhadaidh. These two Munros are very close together, and only involve a short section of steep scrambling out of An Dorus. There is still plenty of scrambling on both peaks, but it's not particularly steep, and providing that the correct line is taken, not too difficult either. We e...
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Sgurr Nan Gillean, Am Basteir and Bruach na Frithe - I'm back on the Misty Isle again, running our last Skye Munros Course (run in conjunction with Steven Fallon Mountain Guiding) of the year. It's no secret that the western Highlands are experiencing some changeable weather at the moment, so picking the right objective for the day can be quite tricky. With the winds due to ease from midday onwards, we decided to go for the northern 3 Munros; Sgurr Nan Gillean, Am Basteir and Bruach na Frit...
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Aonach Eagach – The Notched Ridge - The day started off very promising for Peter, Geoff, Carl and myself today, as we made the steep ascent up Am Bodach to start the traverse of the Aonach Eagach in Glencoe today. We were treated to great views across Glen Coe, as well as to Ben Nevis and the Mamores to the north and we also passed a herd of wild goats on our way up. As Peter, Geoff and Carl were all pretty experienced in the mountains, and with conditions being good underfoot, we made good...
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Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis - It was nice to be back on Ben Nevis today. Mike and I headed straight for one of the longest climbs in the UK, Tower Ridge, and had a great day! We made our way, carefully as ever, up the East Gully of the Douglas Boulder, before gaining the crest of Tower Ridge. The rock was a bit damp in places, but overall, conditions were pretty good. As we made our ascent, the clouds swirled around us and gave us glimpses up to the plateau and of the surrounding cliffs and two ...
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Sgurr Nan Gillean, Am Basteir and Bruach na Frithe - For our final day of our Skye Munros Course, Steve, myself and our team of 6 tackled the northern 3 Munros on the main Cuillin Ridge; Sgurr Nan Gillean, Am Basteir and Bruach na Frithe. We ascended the brilliant West Ridge of Sgurr Nan Gillean before then ascending the East Ridge of Am Basteir. Sgurr Nan Gillean must be one of my favourite mountains in the UK, with three excellent ridges emanating from its lofty summit, none of them easy....
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