The Scottish Winter Climbing Meet

Dave Hollinger climbing Sidewinder (VII,8) on Ben Nevis. This modern classic on South Trident Buttress has seen a number of ascents already this season. (Photo Richard Bentley)

Richard Bentley has sent me details of the inaugural Scottish Winter Meet that will be held in Fort William from 2-3 February 2013.

“This weekend meet is being organised by local guides and instructors with the support of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland which is helping to promote the event,” Richard explained.

“It is a celebration weekend of Scottish Winter climbing and gives climbers a chance to meet, chat and climb together on an informal basis. It is hoped that this will become an annual event being held at different locations each year throughout Scotland. Some of the leading lights in Scottish winter climbing will be around for the weekend and there will be a social evening on the Saturday, which will include a talk by one of Scotland’s top winter climbers.

The weekend is open to all, whether you climb Grade ‘wee’ or Grade ‘ridiculous’.”

Judging by the interaction amongst British winter climbers during the biannual BMC Winter Meets, I’m sure this will be a cracking event. Further details are available on the website at :

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