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:

Winter returns – Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis

The thaw from last week hasn't left us with many route…
January 26, 2020/by Ken Applegate

Freezing above 1100m on Ben Nevis

I was back on Ben Nevis today, this time with Neil and James…
January 25, 2020/by Ken Applegate

Still quite a bit of snow on North East Buttress, Ben Nevis

For Peter's final day, we enjoyed our third day of adventures…
January 23, 2020/by Ken Applegate

Thompson's, Tower Ridge and top pitch of Indicator Wall

With a bit of a thaw in progress, picking have been a bit…
January 22, 2020/by Ken Applegate

Disco Corner, Mullach nan Coirean

I had a day off today, but wanting to make the most of the…
January 19, 2020/by Ken Applegate

Ken was out in South Gully on Stob Ban today teaching, and wishing he had his sk

Ken was out in South Gully on Stob Ban today teaching, and…
January 18, 2020/by Ken Applegate

Calm before the storm? Dorsal Arete, Stob Coire nan Lochan

Winter climbing conditions are quite tricky at the moment,…
January 13, 2020/by Ken Applegate

That's a bit more like it! Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis

After a fairly mixed start to the year, today felt a bit more…
January 9, 2020/by Ken Applegate

Winter Mountaineering on Ben Nevis & Aonach Mor

For the past couple of days, I've been out winter mountaineering…
January 4, 2020/by Ken Applegate

Plenty of snow on Western Rib, Aonach Mor

Sarah and I enjoyed a brilliant day on Western Rib on Aonach…
December 16, 2019/by Ken Applegate

West Coast Ridges

It's been a busy old week, as we kicked off our winter…
December 14, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Shades and softshells on the Forcan Ridge, Glenshiel

Winter has returned to the Highlands and with such a good…
December 9, 2019/by Ken Applegate
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