Category Archives: Commentary

James Edwards (1976 – 2016)

Scottish climbing lost another much-loved figure in August after James Edwards slipped and fell in the Fisherfield mountains. James was setting up a radio relay station for the Wilderness Challenge on behalf of the Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team, who then … Continue reading

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Des Rubens (1952 – 2016)

In late June, the Scottish climbing community were shocked to hear of the death of Des Rubens in the Alps. Des was one of the most energetic and likeable activists on the Scottish scene and many climbers were deeply saddened … Continue reading

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Chasing The Ephemeral

As soon as the second edition of Ben Nevis – Britain’s Highest Mountain (which I co-authored with Ken Crocket) was published in 2009, Tom Prentice asked me whether I would like to write a book about Scottish winter climbing. The … Continue reading

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Visit from Italy

I receive all sorts of correspondence for scottshwinter.com but the following email from February 14 made me smile… “Hello, I apologize for my English, I’m Renzo Italian mountain guide crown have been to you for a tour with friend Martin, … Continue reading

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Tips for the Visiting North American

Josh Wharton concluded his trip report on the successful visit made by Steve House, Mikey Schaefer and himself in early January with some tips for the visiting North American. It’s always interesting to have an outside perspective on the Scottish … Continue reading

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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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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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Five Hundredth Post

It’s been such a busy season that I didn’t have time in March to acknowledge the 500th post on scottishwinter.com The blog has been running five years and has attempted to record the majority of significant winter climbing activity in … Continue reading

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The Cuillin of Rum

Soon after the new SMC guidebook Inner Hebrides and Arran was published, Iain Young contacted me about the Rum Cuillin in winter. “Back in early spring 1983, John Dalton and I traversed the full Rum Cuillin ridge in pretty much … Continue reading

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Colin Grant (1946 – 2014)

In September, Glasgow climbers were shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Colin Grant. Colin had been a lifelong mountaineer with a seemingly ageless capacity for climbing and hill walking. Colin was well into his third round of Munros … Continue reading

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