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Winter learn to lead

Last week I had the pleasure of running a winter learn to lead with Henry and Collie. This year has been a fairly tough winter in terms of conditions, with any dumps of snow quickly being stripped by subsequent thaws. We started the week with a fairly diminished snow pack and a real lack of […]

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Intro to winter climbing

I spent last week running an intro to winter climbing course with Eoin and Catherine. Despite the lean winter things came good for us and we had a great week of climbing a variety of routes with only one soggy day! We started the week with a visit to Cha No. Although this is probably […]

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A stormy start to winter!

It seems that every new year sees me starting back into the blogging with renewed vigour and enthusiasm, partly due to the arrival of the winter season, and this year is no different….let see how long the notion lasts this time! Since my last post things have been fairly busy, with a bit of work on […]

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Bye to Skye!

Last week was my last week working for Skye Guides, and what a week! I not only met some great people, but I had the privilege of being able to spend some amazing days on the hill with them. It all started off with a VERY wet day on Sgurr nan Gillean, where I was working […]

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Over the sea to Skye!

The last few months have been reasonably busy for me. With a mixture of rope access and climbing work, its been a bit of a juggling act being to be able to fit in some personal days out. Thankfully I’ve managed to squeeze bits and pieces of my own climbing in with a few days […]

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Back to reality

I’ve been back home from Scotland for just over a month now and already it feels like a lifetime ago. With the days getting longer and temperatures nudging their way upwards you’d be forgiven for thinking that summers just around the corner. Climbing in the Cairngorms For the last week of my Scottish winter trip […]

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A little more winter

This winter I’ve spent quite a bit of time going backwards and forwards across the Irish sea, I feel like I must be turning into a familiar face on the ferry! On Saturday, after a couple of weeks at home doing a mixture of some climbing, paddling and rope access work, I was back on-board […]

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Forcan Ridge

Today I found myself with the horrible combination of a good weather forecast and no climbing partner! I’m heading back home on Saturday and with the weather on the turn again it was potentially my last chance at a decent day out before I leave.Forcan Ridge in Glen Shiel is a grade I/II mountaineering route. […]

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West was best!

Its been a bit of a busy week for me this week. I feel like I’ve been all over the place with the weather being just as varied as the locations. Monday started with a less than prefect forecast, high winds and lots of snow meant that the ski road up to the Cairngorms was […]

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House bound!

Since arriving in Scotland two weeks ago things have been fairly busy, with lots of personal climbing and a little bit of work thrown in for good measure.Conditions out on the crags have been hard going at times with big accumulations of snow meaning lots of digging to find gear, or long run outs. Not […]

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