Monthly Archives: December 2017

New Glen Coe Test-Piece

Greg Boswell and Guy Robertson added another test-piece to the collection of hard winter routes on Bidean nam Bian’s Church Door Buttress when they climbed a winter version of Lost Arrow on December 11. The route was first climbed by … Continue reading

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From Our Derbyshire Correspondent

This blog is primarily about Scottish winter climbing, but occasionally news comes in from other areas that is just too good not to share. Scottish winter enthusiast Jeremy Windsor, who lives in Matlock in Derbyshire writes: “Just letting you that … Continue reading

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Following in Tom Weir’s Footsteps

Neil Wilson had long admired Tom Weir and Arthur Macpherson’s route up the 280m-high South Rib of Arkle, the Corbett just south of Foinaven. Weir and Macpherson were amongst the first to explore the climbing potential of the Foinaven group … Continue reading

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Rescue Mission in the Galloway Hills

Ian Dempster and Stephen Reid made good use of the cold conditions in the Galloway Hills on Sunday December 10 with the first ascent of Frigidare (IV,4) on Fridge Buttress in the Rhinns of Kells. The climb starts left of … Continue reading

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Hobnailers’ Gully

It is traditional for the President of the Scottish Mountaineering Club to lead a walk on the Sunday after the annual dinner. As the event takes place in early December, lousy weather often dictates a low level affair, although some … Continue reading

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Maud’s Groove

On November 30, Adrian Crofton and Pete Benson made an enterprising visit to Craig Maud at the head of Glen Doll in South-Eastern Cairngorms. Their exploration was rewarded with the first ascent of Maud’s Groove (IV,5), a steep groove-line high … Continue reading

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Androcles

Strong Northerlies, and blizzard conditions in the Cairngorms and Northern Highlands, pointed to a venue somewhere in the Southern Highlands, last week (November 29). I suggested to Roger Webb, who is always keen to climb off the beaten track, that … Continue reading

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