Category Archives: Repeats

Ben Nevis Update

It’s been a difficult season, but as March progressed, good winter climbing was found on Ben Nevis. The problem this winter has been the lack of any base. Any snowfalls have quickly disappeared due to rapid thaws, but the Ben’s … Continue reading

Posted in Commentary, New Routes, Repeats | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Chamonix Scottish Raid

Chamonix-based guides, Matt Helliker and Job Bracey had a very successful four-day visit to Scotland at the end of February. With little knowledge of conditions, they headed up to Stob Coire nan Lochan on their first day (February 27) and … Continue reading

Posted in Commentary, Repeats | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Chamonix Scottish Raid

Satyr – Nearly!

Ian Parnell and Tim Emmett had a great day on Stob Coire nan Lochan on March 3 when they climbed the first three pitches of Satyr (IX,9) before finishing up the final pitch of Central Grooves. “There was a nice … Continue reading

Posted in Repeats | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Satyr – Nearly!

Slovenian Exchange

From February 12 to 19, eight Slovenian climbers visited Scotland and teamed up with British climbers to sample the ‘delights’ of Scottish winter. They caught the end of the February cold snap and enjoyed excellent mixed climbing for the first … Continue reading

Posted in Commentary, Repeats | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Slovenian Exchange

High and Steep on The Ben

Friday night’s snowfall fell with little wind and left a thick coat of snow on Ben Nevis. It snowed continuously on Saturday so the mountain now looks very wintry. On the classic routes, heavy snow over bare terrain made for … Continue reading

Posted in Commentary, New Routes, Repeats | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

Good Going on Mitre Ridge

In a season that has consistently given difficult and demanding conditions, as well as periods when winter climbing has not been possible at all, it is pleasing to have news of an enjoyable ascent of a major classic. “Myself and … Continue reading

Posted in Commentary, Repeats | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Good Going on Mitre Ridge

Snow At Last!

Saturday’s (January 28) snowfall brought many of the higher cliffs into winter condition at the weekend. Ben Nevis was busy with many of the Early Season favorites such as Gargoyle Wall, The Clanger, Cutlass and Sidewinder seeing ascents. Notable ascents … Continue reading

Posted in Commentary, New Routes, Repeats | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Give and Take on Ben Nevis

We are going through a very unhelpful weather cycle at the moment where snowfalls are followed by rapid thaws and the resulting dry conditions are locked by high pressure systems for days. We desperately need significant snowfall and a rapid … Continue reading

Posted in New Routes, Repeats | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Give and Take on Ben Nevis

Crazy Eyes – Second Ascent

A significant ascent on January 14 (one of the finest winter climbing days of the season so far) was the first repeat of Crazy Eyes (VIII,9) on the Far East Wall of Beinn Eighe by Murdoch Jamieson and Andy Inglis. … Continue reading

Posted in Repeats | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

South Trident Link-Up

Saturday January 14 was an excellent day for winter climbing in the Scottish Highlands and a number of excellent ascents were made. One of the most interesting climbs was a link up on South Trident Buttress on Ben Nevis. “I … Continue reading

Posted in Repeats | Tagged , , | Comments Off on South Trident Link-Up