Welcome to the West Coast Mountain Guides diary and conditions page, which is updated regularly throughout the year.  During the winter, there will be plenty of up-to-date information and reports regarding the latest mixed and ice climbing and mountaineering conditions in the Scottish Highlands, and in particular, on Ben Nevis, Aonach Mor and in Glencoe.  We’ll also be posting accounts of our latest trips, both work and play.

If you have any up-to-date conditions reports and photos that we can include in our blog, please drop us an email:

Dorsal Arete, Winter Climbing Course

Late start, nice day: Dorsal Arete, Glencoe

Despite a pretty wild start to the day, it was a case of trusting…
February 25, 2017/by Ken Applegate
Castle Ridge, Winter Climbing Course

Storm Doris brings welcome snow

It was quite clear on waking up this morning that more snow had…
February 23, 2017/by Ken Applegate
Dorsal Arete Winter Climbing Course

Sheltered on Dorsal Arete, Glencoe

Last night was supposed to bring with it plenty of snow, and…
February 22, 2017/by Ken Applegate

Early bird catches the worm: No. 3 Gully Buttress

We've just had a cold snap, which started yesterday afternoon,…
February 21, 2017/by Ken Applegate
Ben Nevis

Up No. 3 Gully, down Tower Gully, Ben Nevis

Today I was joined by Daniel and Peter, with the aim of reaching…
February 19, 2017/by Ken Applegate
Stob Coire nan Lochan

Plenty of action! Glencoe, Ben Nevis & Beinn Dorain

There's no denying that this winter, we've been lucky to enjoy…
February 15, 2017/by Ken Applegate
Daim Buttress

Daim Buttress & Turf Walk, Aonach Mor

Mark and I were both back on Aonach Mor today, and whilst we…
February 13, 2017/by Ken Applegate
The Guardian Aonach Mor

More chimney action: The Guardian, Aonach Mor

Nick wanted  a slightly shorter day than yesterday, as had to…
February 12, 2017/by Ken Applegate
Shelf Route

3* Climbing to Ourselves: Shelf Route

It's been another stunning winters day in the Scottish Highlands,…
February 11, 2017/by Ken Applegate

Another fine day: Morwind, Aonach Mor

For Jess and Rich's final day, they wanted to climb something…
February 10, 2017/by Ken Applegate

Great day on Curved Ridge, Glencoe

  Plan A for today had been Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis,…
February 9, 2017/by Ken Applegate
Winter Climbing Course

Day of leading: Dorsal Arete, Glencoe

Jess and Rich are both great students to be out with. They are…
February 8, 2017/by Ken Applegate
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