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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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More on Cruachan

It’s been a very lean January so far, but following their first ascent of One of Nine (IV,5) on Ben Cruachan in November, Southern Highlands pioneers Stuart MacFarlane and Robin Clothier added another new route to Noe Buttress on January … Continue reading

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All Go on The Stooee

I was intrigued to find out that Erick Bailot and Dave Kerr climbed The Stooee Chimney on The Stuic on Lochnagar on Sunday November 10. The Stooee Chimney is the obvious central line and was the first route ever attempted … Continue reading

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Cruachan’s Century Repeated

Southern Highlands aficionado Stuart MacFarlane, together with Amy Goodill made the second ascent of Century (V,5) on Ben Cruachan on February 4. This three-pitch route is situated high up on the east face of Drochaid Ghlas. Being east facing it … Continue reading

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New Winter Season Underway

Winter has arrived on the Scottish mountains. Andy Nisbet and Steve Perry were first off the mark on Friday November 4 with an ascent of the classic Fingers Ridge in Coire an t-Sneachda. They were fortunate that it started to … Continue reading

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Busy in the Southern Highlands

It was busy on Thursday January 24 in the Southern Highlands. Davie Crawford, Jamie Bankhead and Graham Boistelle went up Beinn Ime and headed up to the buttress North of Fan Gully Buttress where they climbed Naebody’s Fault (IV,5), a … Continue reading

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Right-Angled Link Up

On January 13, Stuart McFarlane and Ian Dempster made a rare repeat (possible second ascent) of Right-Angled Groove on The Cobbler. (This difficult V,7 was first climbed in winter by the highly effective team of Rab Anderson and Rob Milne … Continue reading

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Echo Crack – First Winter Ascent

Conditions on Friday December 7 were challenging across the Scottish Highlands with deep snow making approaches to many cliffs difficult and potentially dangerous. Stuart McFarlane and John Williams seized the opportunity of the snowy conditions however, to make a brilliantly … Continue reading

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Going Gangnam Style on Beinn Ime

On Sunday December 2, Stuart McFarlane and Stuart Burns added a good five-pitch new route to Fan Gully Buttress on Beinn Ime. Gangnam Style (V,7) climbs the obvious hanging right-facing corner system to the left of Ben’s Fault. “I tried … Continue reading

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Braeriach Again

After last week’s thaw, most folk were fairly pessimistic about winter climbing this weekend, but with temperatures dropping during Saturday, there was clearly good winter climbing to be had. There were mixed views as to whether to east or west, … Continue reading

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