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Beautiful day on Ardverikie Wall

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

A classic rock week out enjoying Ardverikie Wall today before a visit to Rannoch Wall tomorrow to round off some of the areas best multi-pitch adventures at the easier end of the grading scale. Always quieter than their classic equivalents in N Wales!

Cheers for photo Spike

Cheers for photo Spike

Autumn calm

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012


Still great weather a week later on 17th October, with a dusting of snow on Ben Nevis.

Great weather and Northern Lights

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Good autumn conditions on Ledge Route with Andrew and Jonathan yesterday. Plenty of frost on the rocks down to the CIC Hut level. A near perfect day and we also met Martin Mccrory who is putting the finishing touches to a splendid cairn at the top of Number Four Gully. Thanks also to Dave Wilson from Lime Tree for staying up to shoot the image at midnight of the Northern Lights above Fort William on 9th October.

Great autumn weather

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Great autumn weather this weekend and good for all sorts of activities. Groups from Calluna are heading off towards Tower Ridge. We had a slight frost this morning, but it’s burned off by now. The photos are of a spin I took on the new bike yesterday in training for a trip at the end of the month, cycling from Cairo to Aswan. Difficult to replicate the climate though! I will be accompanying Dan Goodwin on the first leg of his attempt to cycle from Cairo to Cape Town in aid of the Chesney Trust. Dan is also one of the band of freelance instructors who work in Scotland throughout the year and also connected with Cairngorm Adventure Guides, if you are considering a trip to the Cairngorms. One of his specialities is ski touring, along with cycling of course!

Damp and Dreary in Glen Coe

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Working on a photo shoot for Cotswold Outdoor yesterday and today in Glen Coe. Unfortunately the wet weather today came in pretty quickly, although we did manage to get some good shots of some new lines from Cotswold  Cotswold Outdoor are opening a brand new store in Fort William shortly.

Cold and showery

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Colder conditions with some snow on the tops. Clearer weather is approaching and conditions would be good for hill walking and ridge scrambling this weekend, hopefully. Not great for technical rock climbing on the higher faces. The photo was taken on a ride around Loch Eil and Loch Linnhe on my new touring bike. A great way to travel and keep a reasonable level of fitness.

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Snow dusting

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

A minor dusting of snow came and went on Ben Nevis yesterday. We had fine weather on Wednesday but now it is all downhill for a day or so.

Countryfile filming

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

This last week BBC Countryfile were in town with Julia Bradbury, filming scrambling and climbing in Glen Coe and Glen Nevis. Watch this link to find out when the programme will be on air. Julia was also interviewing Alison Higham and Rhona Weir of the Ladies Scottish Mountaineering Club . The club are celebrating it’s hundredth year and Julia dressed up in period clothing to reinact what it felt like to touch rock a century ago. Rona Weir is the longest  serving member of the club and well into her 90′s. Where did I fit in? Safety on site.

Steall Appeal

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

The John Muir Trust has launched the Steall Gorge footpath appeal. See this link

Earlier this year, the Trust won £25,000 towards the upgrade after topping the voting in a contest organised by the European  Outdoor Conservation Association.We’re now looking to raise £60,000 to complete the shortfall we need to make critical repairs in good time. This is a great footpath deserving of some care and attention so please pass on the message to everyone you know.

Lost Valley bridge closed

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Anyone considering walking or climbing from the Lost Valley in Glen Coe should read this The weather just now is not great, but drier conditions are just around the corner and recent dry conditions have been good for climbing.