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:

West Coast by name but not restricted to.

On the 14th of March Mehmet guided a team of 4 up Ben Macdui.…
March 31, 2020/by Ken Applegate

Minus 2 Gully and North East Buttress, Ben Nevis

Day 2 of our CIC Hut Week and Mark and I took out teams up…
March 17, 2020/by Ken Applegate

Minus 3 Gully & Gutless, Ben Nevis

We're back up at the CIC Hut for the week, running our…
March 16, 2020/by Ken Applegate

Round up no 4

It’s been a little while since my last round up write up,…
March 14, 2020/by Ken Applegate

Twisting Gully, Glencoe & East Ridge of N. Top, Stob Ban

For the past couple of days, I've been out with Blair.…
March 11, 2020/by Ken Applegate

Good conditions on Moonshadow, less so on Innuendo, SCNL

With yesterdays thaw followed by a slight re-freeze, Sarah…
March 8, 2020/by Ken Applegate

Wrapping up the week on Minus 3 Gully, Ben Nevis

For the fifth and final day of our CIC Hut Week, Neil, Paul…
March 7, 2020/by Ken Applegate

Nordwand, Ben Nevis: Under-rated and under-graded!

Day 4 of our CIC Hut Week and Mark and myself took our teams…
March 5, 2020/by Ken Applegate

Minus 2 Gully and North East Buttress

We're running our CIC Hut Climbing Week on Ben Nevis…
March 4, 2020/by Ken Applegate

Our second team round up.

As many of you will know we have had challenging conditions…
March 2, 2020/by Ken Applegate

School House Ridge, Ballachulish and Eastern Slant, Aonach Dubh

The snow has continued to fall and be redistributed by the…
February 28, 2020/by Ken Applegate

East Ridge – Stob Ban, Fawlty Towers – Ben Nevis, Diam Buttress – Aonach Mor

Over the past three days, I've been running an Introductory…
February 26, 2020/by Ken Applegate
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