Category Archives: Winter

No messing on the Pottage

Managed to grab a short day of climbing with my colleague Matt ahead of a few days working in the Cairngorms. Conditions are currently very good, with a good general cover of snow, scoured in places and some notable spots … Continue reading

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Facing the inevitable

A quick blast up to the Scottish Highlands on Saturday night with the intention of climbing on Lochnagar on Sunday. The forecast meant conditions were never likely to be perfect but the corries of Lochnagar can often be relatively mellow … Continue reading

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Late season ice on The Ben

‘I’ve got a couple of days holiday left, you still keen for winter climbing?’ The daffodils were blooming, Southern England was basking in sunshine and temperatures in the mid-20’s and we were back on the M74 heading north late in … Continue reading

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Patience and hard work

I don’t know exactly how many years I have wondered and dreamt about climbing Point Five Gully on Ben Nevis but its been a while. Arguably the most famous climb on the whole of Ben Nevis on a mountain that … Continue reading

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Cascade Claphouse (Droite) WI III/4

After a lengthy approach on ski and an involved walk across a jumble of boulders and undergrowth we made it the icefalls of Claphouse. Situated in a quiet and shaded valley above Ailefroide we hoped that, despite the mild conditions, they … Continue reading

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No Lamb, just lions

What a sensational end to March. Our equal second coldest March on record in the UK, the fourth coldest on record in Cumbria, persistently sub-zero conditions on the fells and mountains and with easterly winds blowing for the most part, the first … Continue reading

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Searching for Percy

Saturday was not an inspiring day. Anticylonic gloom hung over Cumbria. The temperature was desperately clinging onto freezing point, and unusually clung onto that level at practically all elevelations. We were in search of ice, and keen to avoid Great … Continue reading

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