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:

Tower Ridge Winter Climbing Course

That’s a wrap! Tower Ridge

Today was my second and last day with Paul, and my last day of…
March 29, 2017/by Ken Applegate
North East Buttress Winter Climbing Course

Just about hanging on: NE Buttress

It certainly feels like winter is trying to make a sneaky exit…
March 28, 2017/by Ken Applegate
Ben Nevis Winter Mountaineering Course

Cairngorms & Ben Nevis Mountaineering

I've just finished three days of Winter Mountaineering with Mark…
March 27, 2017/by Ken Applegate

Great conditions on NE Buttress

After a couple of days off, I was back out on Ben Nevis today,…
March 24, 2017/by Ken Applegate
Comb Gully Ben Nevis Winter Climbing Course

Surprisingly pleasant on Comb Gully

With ferocious winds forecast for first thing this morning, Matt,…
March 20, 2017/by Ken Applegate
Eastern Traverse, Tower Ridge Winter Climbing

Another fun day on Tower Ridge

Normally, by this point in the winter, I would have worked on…
March 19, 2017/by Ken Applegate
Tower Ridge Winter Climbing Course

Not bad on Tower Ridge

Today I as out with Michael, who has come up from London for…
March 18, 2017/by Ken Applegate
South West Ridge of the Douglas Boulder

The Indecisive Winter Continues…

It seems to me that winter has been indecisive this season, with…
March 17, 2017/by Ken Applegate
Comb Gully Winter Climbing Course

Comb Gully before the thaw

This week, I'm running a five day climbing course, with Katie…
March 15, 2017/by Ken Applegate
CIC Hut Week

Brilliant week at the CIC Hut, Ben Nevis

Last week, Mark S and I ran one of our annual CIC Hut Weeks,…
March 12, 2017/by Ken Applegate
Eastern Slant

Eastern Slant, Aonach Dubh

I was back out with Wes and Sean today. Our original plan was…
March 4, 2017/by Ken Applegate
Crypt Route, Winter Climbing Course

Crypt Route, Bidean nam Bian

Wes and Sean were keen to step things up a notch from what they…
March 3, 2017/by Ken Applegate
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