Entries by Ken Applegate

Thompson’s Route

Night ascent of Thompson's Route, Ben Nevis The weather is proving to be a tricky beast at the moment, with high winds and thaws keeping us on our toes. However, the forecast for last night was one of a return to cold and clear conditions and so at 11pm, Neil and I found ourselves heading […]

More snow everywhere, even The Cuillin.

With more snow overnight and high winds forecast for after midday, we decided to stay low with vis and climbed the Spur on Sgurr An Fheadain. This great route is under graded at I and is easily a II, with many tricky sections. The crux of the day is the snow, and traveling safely, fortunately […]

No hills like these hills, the Cuillin range.

Today we've been exploring the amphitheatre of the North Coire of Sgurr a Mhadiadh on the Isle of Skye. Unfortunately the wind and poorly bonded snow ment we didn't explore the upper rake onto the summit. But we now have a better idea of conditions for tomorrow, It's always worth planning in an orientation day […]

Freezing above 1100m on Ben Nevis

I was back on Ben Nevis today, this time with Neil and James and we climbed No. 3 Gully Buttress, which despite the thaw, was holding on to snow and ice quite well. The first pitch still has a short step of ice, just watch out for the bergshrund at the foot of it. The […]