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:

Very snowy on Castle Ridge, Ben Nevis

Day 4 with Nick and Chris and we headed back up Ben Nevis…
February 20, 2020/by Ken Applegate

Nice ice on Salamander Gully, Beinn an Dothaidh

Nick, Chris and I had an early start this morning so that…
February 19, 2020/by Ken Applegate

The greater side of West Coast Mountain Guides.

Ken is brilliant at keeping us up to date with his Jedi guiding,…
February 19, 2020/by Ken Applegate

Good fun on D Gully Buttress, Buchaille Etive Mor

After discussing a few options, Nick, Chris and I decided…
February 18, 2020/by Ken Applegate

The Curtain and Right-Hand Chimney, Ben Nevis

Back on Ben Nevis today, this time with returning clients,…
February 17, 2020/by Ken Applegate

Icy on Scabbard Chimney and something to the right of Spectre, SCNL

For Neil's second day, we decided to seek shelter in…
February 16, 2020/by Ken Applegate

Thompson’s Route

Night ascent of Thompson's Route, Ben Nevis The weather…
February 15, 2020/by Ken Applegate

The hardest grade III in the world? 999 – Gearr Aonach

For Derek's final day and with high winds and an incoming…
February 14, 2020/by Ken Applegate

The best day so far this winter? Shelf Route, Buachaille Etive Mor

Blue skies, sunshine, plenty of snow, firm snow, useful ice,…
February 13, 2020/by Ken Applegate

The last few days Dave has been out introducing Tom, Suzie and Neil to the delig

The last few days Dave has been out introducing Tom, Suzie…
February 11, 2020/by Ken Applegate

Today Dave was out teaching Euan and Fiona the magic of winter leading and shari

Today Dave was out teaching Euan and Fiona the magic of winter…
February 5, 2020/by Ken Applegate

More snow everywhere, even The Cuillin.

With more snow overnight and high winds forecast for after…
January 28, 2020/by Ken Applegate
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