Monthly Archives: April 2013

Spaced Out on The Ben

Iain Small, Murdo Jamieson and Nick Bullock added a new direct route between Space Invaders and Journey into Space on the Orion headwall on April 6. “I’d spotted the line when climbing on the Ben with Doug the previous week,” … Continue reading

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Nevermore

On April 8, Nick Bullock and Guy Robertson put to bed one of the last great problems on Lochnagar with the first winter ascent of Nevermore on the Tough-Brown Face. This rarely climbed summer E2 was first climbed by Dougie … Continue reading

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After the Storm

Chance is a fine thing. A route on Arran was high on my list of objectives for the winter, but as the season progressed it was becoming an increasingly remote possibility. Then out of the blue Stuart McFarlane emailed me … Continue reading

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Cold Revenge

Nick Bullock and Guy Robertson made a significant addition to Buachaille Etive Mor’s Slime Wall on March 27 with the first ascent of Cold Revenge (IX,8). “We started up the first three pitches of Bludger’s Revelation, then climbed a short … Continue reading

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Winter Alladale

Steven Andrews and Dave Allan scored a notable coup on March 31when they made the first winter ascent of The Gully (IV,4) on the remote Alladale Slabs in the Northern Highlands. As far as I know, this is the first … Continue reading

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Magnificent Strathfarrar

“Despite it being the end of March, the amount of ice on medium level crags was astounding,” John Mackenzie writes. “Neil Wilson, Simon Nadin and I went up Strathfarrar to the relatively remote Sgurr na Lapaich on March 30 via … Continue reading

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Suburban Spacemen

Iain Small and Doug Hawthorn had a superb run of routes on Ben Nevis at the end of March with ascents of Pointless (VII,6), Space Invaders (VI,5), and Journey into Space (VII,5). On March 30 they were joined by Robin … Continue reading

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Seattle Grooves

Harry Holmes and Alex McMillan visited Stob Coire nan Lochan in Glen Coe on March 30 with the intention of making the second ascent of the recent Bass-Yearsley addition – Twisted. Unfortunately the route had been stripped of snow in … Continue reading

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North-West Connoisseur

Pete Macpherson and Roger Webb added a challenging new route in Torridon on March 29. “Roger and I had a memorable day on Slioch’s impressive Atlantic Wall on Good Friday,” Pete told me. “Last time I climbed with Roger was … Continue reading

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Beinn Narnain’s Shield

When Jake Thackrey and Andy Bain climbed on Beinn Narnain in the Arrochar Alps earlier this season, they noticed a crag below the Spearhead that had a good-looking winter line running up its centre. They called the crag The Shield … Continue reading

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