Entries by Ken Applegate

New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year from all of us at West Coast Mountain Guides! We hope that the new year brings you all incredible adventures in the mountains. The run up to Christmas was quite a busy period for us, with good early season conditions settled over the Highlands many teams were keen to make the most […]

Centrepoint & Slab Rib Variation

We are currently in the middle of quite a prolonged spell of cold weather, and certainly, for the time of year, winter climbing conditions are excellent. That’s not to say that the approaches are easy, as there is quite a bit of unconsolidated snow lying on top of scree and boulders. The good news is […]

Slab Climb, Ben Nevis

With the recent cold weather and sprinkle of snow, Andy, Steve and I went up Ben Nevis for a poke about. We’ve had a little less snow than other regions of the Highlands over the past 24 hours, but there was certainly enough on Ben Nevis today for it to feel quite wintry, and to […]

All 11 Skye Cuillins Munros summited

West Coast Mountain Guides were back on the Isle of Skye last week, running a Skye Cuillins Munros Course, in collaboration with Steven Fallon Mountain Guides. Mountaineering Instructors Scott and Dave were joined by an eager team of 8 hillwalkers, who were chomping at the bit to tackle some of the most technical Munros in […]

Busy June on Skye & in Lochaber

We’ve enjoyed a busy June, with a number of teams out and about, both on the Isle of Skye and in and around Lochaber. Here’s a quick summary of what’s been going on… Despite a rather damp and windy day at the back end of May, Michael and I still enjoyed ourselves on a traverse […]

Guiding the Skye Munros

Over the past couple of weeks, Scott and I have been on the Isle of Skye, running a couple of Skye Munro weeks. We’ve been running these 4 day courses for a number of years in collaboration with Steven Fallon Mountain Guiding, with the aim being to summit all 11 Munros that lie along the spectacularly […]

Great Ridge Direct, Garbh Bheinn

Andy, Dave and I enjoyed yet another sunny day of rock climbing and mountaineering. Andy and Dave wanted a similar day to yesterday (rock climbing and mountaineering hybrid), and assuming that Buachaille Etive Mor, which is the obvious choice, would be busy, we decided to seek our adventures on Garbh Bheinn, just south of Ardgour. […]

Raeburn’s Arete and North East Buttress

I was back out on Ben Nevis today, this time with Andy and his brother Dave. Both have many years of winter climbing under their belts, but as yet no summer rock climbing experience. Today we changed that by climbing the brilliant Raeburn’s Arete (AKA the sit down start to North East Buttress) on Ben […]