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:
info@westcoast-mountainguides.co.uk

Another snowy day on Ben Nevis

Another snowy day on Ben Nevis

Yesterday brought further snow to Ben Nevis, and it's…
November 2, 2018/by Ken Applegate
Shark's Fin Soup, Mess of Pottage, Cairngorms

Shark's Fin Soup, Mess of Pottage, Cairngorms

Harry and I decided that a trip over east would be worthwhile…
November 1, 2018/by Ken Applegate
Yet more snow on Ben Nevis!

Yet more snow on Ben Nevis!

We've had a further overnight flurry of snow in the Highlands,…
October 30, 2018/by Ken Applegate
Early start to winter: Ledge Route, Ben Nevis

Early start to winter: Ledge Route, Ben Nevis

Winter has arrived early this year, and Candice, Aileen and…
October 28, 2018/by Ken Applegate
Sheltered on Ledge Route, Ben Nevis

Sheltered on Ledge Route, Ben Nevis

Back on Ben Nevis today, this time with Chris, Andy and John.…
October 20, 2018/by Ken Applegate
Vratsa, Bulgaria & The Aonach Eagach

Vratsa, Bulgaria & The Aonach Eagach

I'm recently back from a climbing trip to Vratsa in Bulgaria,…
October 18, 2018/by Ken Applegate
Beat the weather on Am Bastier and Sgurr Nan Gillean

Beat the weather on Am Bastier and Sgurr Nan Gillean

I was out with Jean and Hilda today, and today's plan was…
October 1, 2018/by Ken Applegate
Liathach Tops && Winter Courses

Liathach Tops & Winter Courses

I was back out chasing Carole around the North West Highlands…
September 24, 2018/by Ken Applegate
Curved Ridge && An Teallach Tops

Curved Ridge & An Teallach Tops

Two things that I really enjoy about the work I do is meeting…
September 23, 2018/by Ken Applegate
Showers && sunshine on Sgurr na Banachdich and the In Pinn

Showers && sunshine on Sgurr na Banachdich and the In Pinn

The mixed weather in the Highlands continue, but with the…
September 21, 2018/by Ken Applegate
Snowy on Tower Ridge today

Snowy on Tower Ridge today

Paul and I made a rather wintry ascent of Tower Ridge today.…
September 20, 2018/by Ken Applegate
North East Buttress, Ben Nevis

North East Buttress, Ben Nevis

Today, Paul and I tackled one of Ben Nevis' great mountaineering…
September 15, 2018/by Ken Applegate
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