Entries by Ken Applegate

Nice day on Western Rib, Aonach Mor

Linton and I enjoyed a quiet day on the West Face of Aonach Mor today, where we climbed Western Rib. We started up the flying buttress on the left and gained the main rib after 4 pitches. Conditions on the route were mixed. Some useful patches of frozen ground but there's a glazing of ice […]

Crypt Route, Bidean nam Bian

Winter has returned to the Highlands, sort of. We had fresh snow yesterday and today, but the freezing levels have still remained quite high, so Michael and I headed up to one of the highest crags in Glencoe; Church Door Buttress on Bidean nam Bian. We didn't encounter the fresh snow until about 900m and […]

Tower Ridge and CMD Arete, Ben Nevis

It's hard to believe that we're at the end of February at the moment, with conditions more like the end of April. It's a shame that winter has taken a break recently (due to return this weekend), but it's hard not to enjoy days like we've been experiencing recently, what with the amenable temperatures, dry […]

Tower Ridge hanging on to the snow

For our fourth day, Andrew and I found winter on Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis. We put crampons on at the foot of the Douglas Boulder and required them for the whole ascent. The East Gully of the Douglas Boulder was still complete, the steep pitch out was on bare rock and we were on […]