Author Archives: Simon Richardson

About Simon Richardson

Simon Richardson is a passionate Scottish winter climber

Sweet Spot

Dave McGimpsey climbs hills nowadays. Humps, tumps, lumps and bumps all turn him on. Not that I can comment, having bagged Munros since I was 12. But the best climbing conditions since 2010 were enough to tempt him out. Conditions … Continue reading

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Moonstone Repeated

Pete Davies, Steve Elliott and Ross Cowie made the probable second ascent of Moonstone (VII,7) on Coire nan Camh on February 4. This remote cliff is located 10km south of Loch Laggan on the east face of Meall Garbh, the … Continue reading

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Dingle First Winter Ascent

Tim Miller is having an excellent winter. He has succeeded on a number of demanding test pieces such as The Secret, and in December he climbed a difficult new route on The Cobbler with Martin McKenna. On February 2, Tim … Continue reading

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The Vice Squad

Stephen Reid and Andrew Fraser made an opportunistic ascent in the Galloway Hills on February 9. Stephen Reid takes up the story: “Andrew Fraser and myself took an optimistic view of the weather last Friday (it was raining in Castle … Continue reading

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Silver Surfing in Corrie Farchal

Euan Whittaker, Paul Warnock and Martin Holland climbed a new route – Silver Surfers (IV,5) – between Coffin Dodger and Over the Hill in Corrie Farchal in Glen Clova on February 7. “We’d gone in to climb Silver Threads Among … Continue reading

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Cruachan’s Century Repeated

Southern Highlands aficionado Stuart MacFarlane, together with Amy Goodill made the second ascent of Century (V,5) on Ben Cruachan on February 4. This three-pitch route is situated high up on the east face of Drochaid Ghlas. Being east facing it … Continue reading

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Dark Angel on the Church Door

The clean-cut features and deep cracks of Bidean nan Bian’s Church Door Buttress have been a happy hunting ground for Scottish mixed climbers over the last couple of seasons. Un Poco Loco (VII,7), which finds its way through the great … Continue reading

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Lurching Towards One Hundred Routes

“OK, you need to count variations to make that true, but the three figures for Lurcher’s Crag has come a lot closer this week during snowy conditions when all the steep walls have been rimed,” Andy Nisbet writes. “In the … Continue reading

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Church Door Angels – Second Ascent

On February 2, Matt Helliker and Pete Whittaker pulled off the second ascent of the sensational Church Door Angels (VIII,9) that is situated high on Bidean nam Bian in Glen Coe. “I was inspired by the line of after seeing … Continue reading

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More Scouring Please

There is a lot of snow lying in useful places all over the Highlands and this winter is shaping up to be an excellent season for classic Scottish winter climbing. The snow banks are nicely oozing ice, but it needs … Continue reading

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