Tag Archives: Michael Barnard

Canopy on Blaven

Michael Barnard and John MacLeod made one of the finest first winter ascents this season when they ascended Canopy (VI,6), a Severe chimney-line on Blaven. The route was first climbed by Ian Clough and party in a productive Skye trip in 1968. Michael … Continue reading

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Skye Winter Festival Report

The seventh Skye Winter Festival was another great success. A short bout of winter at the beginning of the two-week event saw five new routes before the meet resorted to more traditional Cuillin games for the next ten days. Local … Continue reading

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Skye Winter Climbing Festival

Several folks have commented that I left a bit of a teaser about the Skye Winter Climbing Festival following my post about Here Today, Gone Tomorrow. The festival was an outstanding success with over 20 new routes and only one … Continue reading

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Shear Fear on Ben Nevis

Michael Barnard and John MacLeod climbed a possible new ice route on Ben Nevis on February 14. “We climbed the obvious icefall overlooking the easier upper gully of 1934 Route, which makes a good finale to Vanishing Gully,” Michael told … Continue reading

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Nordwand Superdirect

Michael Barnard and John MacLeod climbed an exciting new pitch high on the North Face of Castle Ridge of Ben Nevis on February 7. “For the most part we took a line approximating Nordwand Direct,” Michael told me. “We started … Continue reading

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Here Today and Gone Tomorrow in Coire a’Ghrunnda

News is starting to trickle in from the Skye Winter Festival organised by local guide Mike Lates. Conditions have been cold and icy and a number of new routes have been found including an excellent-looking icefall in Coire a’ Ghrunnda … Continue reading

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Hidden Gully on Skye

Steve Perry and Michael Barnard added an excellent new winter route to Skye on January 17. Unfortunately Steve’s email sat in my spam folder for a couple of weeks, so better late than never, here is Steve’s story: “Having spent … Continue reading

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New Lochain Route

On November 23, Michael Barnard and Lee Harrison climbed Snuffleupagus (IV,6), a new two-pitch line in Coire an Lochain on the very left side of No.4 Buttress. “It starts up grooves and corners parallel to and left of Oesophagus,” Michael … Continue reading

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Centre Post Right-Hand

Michael Barnard and Ewan Gourlay visited Creag Meagaidh on March 31 and climbed Centre Post, Right-Hand (V,5), the steep icefall on the right wall of Centre Post. “It makes a good alternative to the Direct, “ Michael explained. “Steep climbing … Continue reading

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An Alternative Finish to The Sting?

I received the following email from Michael Barnard yesterday: “Thought I’d join the general discussion from a while back about The Sting on Ben Dorain, having climbed it (more or less) yesterday [March 24] with Andy Wilson. I’d note that … Continue reading

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