Aonach Eagach

This time last year we thought it would be great to tick off a classic ridge walk and traverse among the rafters of Glencoe along the Aonach Eagach.Instead of a dream day out, I forgot my entire rucksack, Annie’s van broke down and when we arrived there was no snow anyway. Nil points. One year…

Alpenzaft and the Conville Trust

So far summer has been here, there and everywhere, sometimes even with a shower or a night indoors sneaked into the gaps, and only the odd moment of access to the internet and all the other things that don’t come included with life in a van. On the whole, it’s been pretty pleasant! Rounding out…

Bluebird skies on the Ben

Me and Annie both took our winter mountain leader training at Glenmore Lodge recently, so after a week of criss-crossing the Northern Corries and learning some new skills we were enthusiastic to get out and practice further from home. This week was the first time in several months that high pressure has dominated Scotland, and…

Lawson, Ling and Glover’s Route, Beinn Eighe

Breaking the recent trend, the forecast this week has thrown up the odd island of calm in amongst all the Atlantic lows, especially in the North-West. After last-minute planning in the bar and optimistic interpretations of weather and avalanche forecasts, I left Glenmore at 6am on Tuesday, headed for Beinn Eighe with Patrick and Julia….

Ardverikie Wall

Last weekend me and Annie parked up on the Laggan road at Ardverikie to take a wander to a classic multi-pitch HS route that hides around the back of Binnean Shuas: Ardverikie Wall. The SMC guide gives it four stars, and seeing as Annie’s been raving about it since she did it last year I…

Cuillin Traverse, Part 2

It’s more often thought of as a inconvenient outlier to the rest of the ridge, but the dawn-lit ridge walk back from Gars Bheinn was simple enough that it gave us the freedom to stare at the rest of the Cuillin in front of us, and a good warm up for what was to come….

Cuillin Traverse, Part 1

I’m starting to wonder if North West Scotland’s reputation for miserable weather isn’t just a cunning plan to keep the crowds of tourists away – each time I’ve made the journey over the last couple of years I’ve met sunshine. There’s been cold and wind, but never the days of fog and drizzle that we’re…