Archive for the ‘Aonach Mor’ Category

West Face Aonach Mor Alpine feel again

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Sunny side of the Mountain with southerly winds, Spare Rib Gully and western Rib combination picking the icy bits and best ridge bits on the sunny side of the mountain make this venue an excellent Alpine Ridge training ground, as well as queuing for the Telepherique from the valley!!

Back to the CIC hut tonight as well.

West Face Aonach Mor

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Today we headed to Western Rib to start a 5 day climbing course. Colin and in were both pleased to see the trail that had been put in Thanks to who ever put it in Legends. it was really busy on golden oldie which was plan A but Western Rib was quiet and really good fun. The views were outstanding (At last) even got a wee bit sun burnt. Andy was out with Andy and Marie on their last day. They looked to be having fun on Golden Oldie I hope the skiing is good for them tomorrow.

nice view.

nice view.

Colin on western Rib

Colin on western Rib

Andy and Marie on golden oldie

Andy and Marie on golden oldie

The team on  the top of Aonach Mor.

The team on the top of Aonach Mor.

Ben Nevis and Glen Coe

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

We had teams out on Ben Nevis and out in Glen coe today. quite wild and damp on the ben today, Me and steve climbed the SW ridge of the Douglas Boulder with a few other teams. Some other teams out on Gutless, Cutlass and fawtly towers.Steve on the SW ridge


Hannah was out with Keith and Charlie on Buachaille Etive Beag on the last day off their intro weekend. They had much better weather over there and even a view!


Gaz D was out with Greg and went up the Zig Zags. Andy R was climbing with John and ronnie they climbed Dorsal arete. They reported a lot of snow in the corrie. A team was on Inclination.P1050341 P1050349

It keeps falling

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Routes such a s Garadh Gully on the Ben range from grade I – III depending on the snow build up, Matt reckoned it could well be a piste this winter. The main steep gullies on the Ben are out of bounds at the moment without a long neck, snorkel and flippers. This weeks intro to winter mountaineering are certainly learning about route choice and evaluating conditions en route to the route.  Climbers are avoiding the gullies with and finding some safe ridges,20140128_115855

Settled and stable weekend

Friday, January 17th, 2014

After the early snow in the week, rain above the tops has now stabilised the whole snowpack. The freezing level is below the tops but needs to freeze some more to make it great. Ridges for the weekend for us and some skiing on good spring snow.

More snow arriving, take care

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

A good winter for skiers at Nevis Range. Very few rocks showing through with south easterly winds forecast the slopes will fill in some more too. South Easterly winds usually upset the gullies on the Ben and there have been some big slides down some of the gullies this week already. Take care.


Best weather in UK

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Today we have the best weather in the UK out west. Unfortunately it involves storm force winds and bitter cold! Still, people have been climbing today and earlier this week. If only the wind would subside, the conditions are immaculate in many places. Thanks to Bruce Poll for the CIC Hut photos and Ken Applegate for the others, especially Sgurr Finnisg-aig today, which proved marginally sheltered with a descent back down the slopes at the side of the route.

By the way I found a pair of decent trainers at the top car park. A full description and the cost of postage (£5) will reunite them with their owner.


Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Lochaber  Mountain Rescue Team   is the Facebook page for the local  team and they are the busiest in Scotland. Please support them in any way you can.

Very wintry

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Thanks to Andy McKenna who owns the VisitFort William website and operates the BenNevis HD WebCam -  for these shots taken today. He also runs a very fine self-catering and B&B   at the location for these photos.

And from Nigel Hooker (what a name for an ice climber!)
Just soloed Neptune gully as friend I was due to climb with today had to go to dentist – knocked front teeth yesterday – not climbing – DIY jobs! Neptune was in good nick and as it is E facing all scoured and finished up upper buttress variant and the ridge above, neve and ice all the way. Just had to approach by moving around the slab on the scoured patches. Topped out in sunshine which was a lot better than the walk in weather!
See you in the morning
Nige Hooker

Rain and snow

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Today it rained until around lunchtime. This was turning to snow on the tops and a fair amount fell to below the CIC Hut. Conditions are still good on Ben Nevis and surrounding hills, although the avalanche hazard has now risen. The weekend looks set to be reasonable, with not too much wind and we have plenty of spare accommodation if you fancy a last minute visit.