Entries by Ken Applegate

Up Tower Ridge, Down Ledge Route

I was back on Ben Nevis today, this time with Stephen and Jardine. Fortunately, things have cooled down quite a bit since I was last up there, on Thursday and with a fresh dusting of snow, things were looking much more wintry. The old snow, which was saturated, has firmed up well, particularly above 900m. […]

Making the most of it on Ben Nevis

Yesterday, Phil took Diggy and Devon up Tower Ridge, whilst I was on Castle Ridge with Linnea and Andrew. Castle Ridge was covered in deep snow, and the first crux groove was only a couple of metres rather than its usual eight. We descended the northern flanks of Carn Dearg, which was very easy going, […]

Social on the West Face of Aonach Mor

After encountering firm snow/ice on the western flanks of the north ridge of Stob Coire nan Lochan yesterday (and plenty of deep, soft snow on Raeburn’s Route), Rob and I went up to the Summit Ribs on the West Face of Aonach Mor, hoping to find things more consolidated up there. We weren’t alone, as […]

Beinn a'Chaorainn or the Himalayas?

With high winds and lots of snow on the cards, Blair and I stuck with the theme of ridges and went for one that is fantastically sheltered from the strong westerly winds; The East Ridge of Beinn a'Chaorainn. It felt like a real winter wonderland as we made our approach through the forest and up […]

Great day in the Mamores

I was out with Blair, who joined us on one of our winter mountaineering courses earlier this season. Blair wanted to explore the type of ground he might consider doing by himself, rather than as a pair, so we headed to the Mamores, where we initially made an ascent of Stob Ban via its north […]