Archive for August, 2012

Five Sisters of Kintail

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Thanks to Jade Murray for this collection of shots taken recently on the Five Sisters of Kintail ridge above Glen Shiel. Unfortunately the weather today and into next week looks damp and colder.

Expedition Grants

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Chris Walker Memorial Trust

On 24th February, 2010 Chris Walker lost his life when he was taken by an avalanche whilst descending from Buachaille Etive Mor. Chris was a highly talented, accomplished and popular mountaineer who loved to share his enthusiasm, knowledge and skills with others. He already held the MIC, was a full member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and no doubt would have fulfilled his life-long dream of becoming a British Mountain Guide. In order to assist other climbers who share the same passion for the mountains as Chris, the Chris Walker Memorial Trust has been set up.

The CWMT will award an annual £1000 grant to help fund expeditions to the Greater Ranges. We welcome applications from aspiring Greater Ranges climbers who need help to fund expeditions with the objective of establishing new routes, repeating rarely attempted lines, or visiting unexplored areas. The closing date for applications will be 1st December each year, after which the trustees will meet and make their decision.

The CWMT will also be providing and funding avalanche awareness courses each winter to support the continual professional development of guides and mountaineering instructors.

In conjunction with the CWMT, the British Alpine Ski School (BASS) are annually offering a free place on their ‘Ski Performance Course for Mountaineers’. The closing date for applications is 11th September each year.

More details can be found at

Dry on Skye

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Yesterday on the crest of the Black Cuillin. Today ( 27th August) would be very different as a pile of windy and very wet weather is sliding through.

Grand Couloir

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Reports suggest the route accessing the Goûter Refuge, via the Grand Couloir on the Mt Blanc approach is currently very dry and dangerous. This video shows what can happen. Anyone fancy a holiday in Scotland!?


Deer Stalking

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Anyone visiting the Scottish hills at this time of the year should be aware of stalking on estates and ask for information of areas being used. This link is a good place to start.

Well done Team GB

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Well I don’t know about everyone else, but the big success for London 2012 has been a breath of fresh air for me. It’s just great to hear positive reports from the media, in place of the usual doom and gloom. No doubt the paralympics will generate similar success. Well done Seb Coe and his extensive management team and of course every athlete and the millions of people who turned out to cheer for Team GB. Truly inspirational.

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.

Great Weather

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Spike Sellers on his way to Skye, after a successful day on the CMD Arete. A traverse of the black Cuillin awaits with fine weather forecast.