Tag Archives: Richard Bentley

International Winter Meet Day 5

Heavy snowfall overnight on strong westerly winds resulted in dangerous windslab conditions on the fifth day of the International Meet (February 27). On Ben Nevis this confined teams to wind scoured cliffs such as the Minus Face, where the three … Continue reading

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International Winter Meet Day 3

First of all, the big news from yesterday (February 24) was a new route on Minus Two Buttress on Ben Nevis by Maarten Van Haeren (Canada) and Andy Inglis. Calculus (VIII,8) takes a line directly through the overhangs that girdle … Continue reading

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International Winter Meet Day 2

The weather forecast for February 24 predicted Scotland would be in the eye of a storm but the exact timing of the anticipated heavy snowfall varied from forecast to forecast. Unfortunately, after a calm start it soon started to snow … Continue reading

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Western Highlands Most Sought After Route

I received an intriguing email from Richard Bentley on March 5: “I got the call from Robin at 9pm last night. (He wouldn’t say the route.) Meet at Spean Bridge at 7am. A drive, a boat, a fast stomp in … Continue reading

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Ben Nevis Update

It’s been a difficult season, but as March progressed, good winter climbing was found on Ben Nevis. The problem this winter has been the lack of any base. Any snowfalls have quickly disappeared due to rapid thaws, but the Ben’s … Continue reading

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And Then There Were Eight…

Creag an Dubh Loch’s Broad Terrace Wall is without question the steepest major cliff in the Cairngorms. It rises for 120m of sheer verticality and bewildering exposure above a steep 100m-high lower tier. Normally wet during the summer, ascents of … Continue reading

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All Eyes on The Ben

If last weekend’s activity is anything to go by, Ben Nevis has taken over from the Northern Corries as the venue of choice for high standard early season mixed. Harry Holmes and Dan Tait set the tone on Thursday November … 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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Shooting Star

The second magnificent addition to Ben Nevis fell to Robin Clothier and Richard Bentley who added Shooting Star (VI,6), a superb 500m-long rising line across the Astronomy and Orion faces. The route was climbed on February 23, the day after … Continue reading

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The Scottish Winter Climbing Meet

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 … Continue reading

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