Entries by Ken Applegate

Nice on Ben Nevis today

I was out with Cornelius, Niko, Gero and Ivo, who are all over from Germany. They're only over for the weekend, but cramming as much adventure into their short stay as possible. To kick off their adventure, they caught the sleeper train from London to Fort William, which arrived at 10am. I then whisked them […]

Another snowy day on Ben Nevis

Yesterday brought further snow to Ben Nevis, and it's really whitened the crags and started filling in the gullies. The snow is still largely unconsolidated, and unfortunately, we're due a bit of a thaw tomorrow, which will strip much of it away. That said, winter normally has a couple of false starts each season, and […]

Yet more snow on Ben Nevis!

We've had a further overnight flurry of snow in the Highlands, and it seems that someone has flicked on the ice making switch on Ben Nevis, as the ice is rapidly forming. Routes like Compression Cracks, Boomer's Requiem, The Shroud and the Curtain are all forming well. I was out with Phil and his son; […]

Sheltered on Ledge Route, Ben Nevis

Back on Ben Nevis today, this time with Chris, Andy and John. We experienced a few strong gusts whilst walking up to the north face of Ben Nevis this morning, but fortunately, once tucked in beneath North Trident Buttress, we were well sheltered from the prevailing winds. The route proved to be no problem for […]

Vratsa, Bulgaria & The Aonach Eagach

I'm recently back from a climbing trip to Vratsa in Bulgaria, which was nothing short of fantastic. The weather was perfect, climbing was very varied and super accessible (5 mins drive from the town of Vratsa) and the food and drink very cheap. There's a reasonable guidebook available, which contains everything from single pitch bolted […]