Scottish Climbing Conditions Blog

Welcome to the West Coast Mountain Guides diary and conditions page, which is updated regularly throughout the year.  During the winter, there will be plenty of up-to-date information and reports regarding the latest mixed and ice climbing and mountaineering conditions in the Scottish Highlands, and in particular, on Ben Nevis, Aonach Mor and in Glencoe.  We’ll also be posting accounts of our latest trips, both work and play.

If you have any up-to-date conditions reports and photos that we can include in our blog, please drop us an email:

Sunshine & ice climbing – Central Gully R/H, Ben Nevis

I was back out with Marcin and Pawel today and with such a…
March 30, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Great Winter Climbing Forecast

❄️The forecast for 30 March - 8 April must…
March 29, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Curved Ridge Conditions & Summer Availability

For the past couple of days, I've been out with Phil,…
March 29, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Winter still holding on – East Ridge of Beinn a'Chaorainn

Jamie has been out with us a number of times over the years,…
March 25, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Proper winters day on Comb Gully, Ben Nevis

Uncertainty, adventure, spindrift, strong winds, snow, poor…
March 24, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Up Tower Ridge, Down Ledge Route

I was back on Ben Nevis today, this time with Stephen and…
March 23, 2019/by Ken Applegate

NE Buttress, Tower Ridge and SW Ridge of the Douglas Boulder

With a rather sustained thaw in progress, we opted for ridges…
March 20, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Making the most of it on Ben Nevis

Yesterday, Phil took Diggy and Devon up Tower Ridge, whilst…
March 19, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Fawlty Towers and East Ridge Ridge of the Douglas Boulder

We're up at the CIC Hut on Ben Nevis this week, and thought…
March 17, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Social on the West Face of Aonach Mor

After encountering firm snow/ice on the western flanks of the…
March 16, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Cosmetic snow on Raeburn's Route, Stob Coire Nan Lochan

Today, I was out with Rob and we headed to Stob Coire nan…
March 15, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Beinn a'Chaorainn or the Himalayas?

With high winds and lots of snow on the cards, Blair and I…
March 12, 2019/by Ken Applegate
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