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About Simon Richardson

Simon Richardson is a passionate Scottish winter climber

Scottish Winter Debut

“I drove up from Liverpool and met up with Ramon Marin on January 12,” Dave Almond writes. “Ramon is a super strong M15 ice climber but had only tried his first ever Scottish winter route with Dougie Russell that weekend. … Continue reading

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Bruised Violet – Second Ascent

Murdoch Jamieson and Guy Steven made the second ascent of Bruised Violet (VIII,8) on Beinn Eighe’s West Central Wall on January 20. Murdoch takes up the story: “Guy and I had made an arrangement with each other weeks ago to … Continue reading

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Far North Quartzite

Erick Baillot and Dave Kerr had a great weekend climbing on the quartzite cliffs in the Far North-West. “On Saturday [January 16] Dave and I had a short easy day on Bucket Buttress on Quinag,” Erick told me. “We repeated … Continue reading

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Reach For The Sky – Probable Second Ascent

Iain Small and Andy Inglis set out to make an early repeat of Snoopy (VII,7) on Fuar Tholl’s Mainreachan Buttress on January 17, but they found insufficient ice on the lower section of the route. Instead they made the probable … Continue reading

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Gothic Edge

Some late news just in –  John Crook and Peter Graham climbed a significant new pitch on Number Three Gully Buttress on Ben Nevis on December 31. “We started up the Direct Start to Gargoyle Wall, which without much ice … Continue reading

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Bamboozle Buttress

On January 16, Adrian Crofton and I visited Corrie Bonhard in Glen Clova and climbed Bamboozle Buttress (V,6), a direct line up the left-hand of the twin buttresses high up in the corrie. The right-hand buttress was climbed last year … Continue reading

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Two Repeats for Shoot The Breeze

On January 16, Andy Inglis , Murdoch Jamieson and Iain Small made the second ascent Shoot the Breeze (IX,9) on Beinn Eighe’s West Central Wall. This sensationally positioned route rose to prominence last year last year when it was featured … Continue reading

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Vapouriser – Second Ascent

Uisdean Hawthorn and Tom Livingstone pulled off an important second ascent on January 16 when they repeated Vapouriser (VIII,8) on Creag an Dubh Loch in the Southern Cairngorms. “Tom didn’t arrive in Perth until 10:30pm,” Uisdean explained. “I had been … Continue reading

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Spooks

On January 14, Simon Yearsley and I added a new route we called Spooks (VI,6) to Meall nan Tarmachan in the Southern Highlands. Simon takes up the story: “Simon and I have known each other, and known of each other, … Continue reading

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Scottish Winter Climbing – A North American Perspective

“It’s always great to see visiting climbers enjoying the Scottish winter, and early January saw just that,” Simon Yearsley writes. “I picked up US climbers Josh Wharton and Mikey Schaefer from Edinburgh Airport on January 2 and spent the evening … Continue reading

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