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Scrambling – article 2

Staying safe on scrambling terrain – the scrambling rack Here in our second article, on scrambling. Here we will explain what to carry on your scrambling rack. As described in our previous article, grade I scrambling terrain, consists of the occasional difficult and steep step, and generally no rope work is needed. However on grade […]

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Scrambling – Article 1

Staying safe on scrambling terrain – Scrambling grades explained Here in our first article, on scrambling.  Here we will explain the scrambling grades. Firstly, what is scrambling?  Scrambling is the middle ground between hill walking and climbing.  Where the path steepens to the point which also requires the use of hands to gain height. It […]

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Snow Hole – near Glen Feshie

A snow hole for rent.  Located near the beautiful area of Glen Feshie, with views over the Cairngorm mountains.  As you can see, with its beautiful porch area.  Which can be used as a dry room, storage area, restroom (if it was windy).  It has many uses.  Please also note the beautiful, personalised name plate, […]

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Tower Ridge

The conditions on Tower Ridge today were stunning, although a bit windy.  Covered, mostly, in hard neve and ice, which made the climbing much easier than usual.

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Why go Winter Climbing?

I was recently asked by a friend why go winter climbing.  I thought long and hard about it, and the following was my response.   You get up at 5 am, try and force some breakfast – your digestive system is still dormant.  All your body wants to do at that time in the morning […]

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Grey Corries conditions – 02 March 2018

The Grey Corries conditions today was a little windy, as we managed to dodge the Easterly winds.   Lots of snow flurries, made for bad visibility.  Most of the new snow was settling around 200m, with greater accumulations higher up the mountain.  Lots of soft slab around, but underneath is very good neve.  Took a […]

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Freedom and entrapment

The feeling of freedom and entrapment is common as a climber, father and husband.  As a climber, I want to climb more.  Being a husband, I want to spend more time with my wife.  As a father, I want to spend more time with my kids.  Then there is work.  (Having worked very hard at […]

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How to sharpen an ice axe

How to sharpen an ice axe or ice tool 26 January 2018 To sharpen, or not to sharpen an ice axe, that is the question. As climbers, we might spend a lot of cleaning our gear, drying it out after a day out in winter, neatly and orderly storing it.  But once the winter season […]

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Hot Aches – How to improve blood circulation

23 January 2018 How to improve blood circulation, and prevent the hot aches, whilst hanging on a belay when winter climbing   Most of us who climb in winter have experienced the “hot aches”.  It brings hardy grown men (and women), to a wincing crumbling mess.  For those few minutes, whilst the blood flows back […]

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Creag Meagaidh conditions – 13 January 2018

The Creag Meagaidh conditions today was a little windy, the wind definitely started to pick up a little around noon.  The snowline started around 450-500m, and the path was pretty straightforward to follow.  Lots of small pockets of slab around, and the consistency of the snow was wet, until you got higher.  No blue sky […]

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