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:

Raeburn's Arete on Ben Nevis in the rain

For Dan and Ollie second day, with a reasonable forecast,…
July 28, 2019/by Ken Applegate

East Ridge of the Douglas Boulder & Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis

I was back on home turf today and out with Dan and Ollie,…
July 27, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Sgurr Nan Eag, Sgurr Dubh Mor and Sgurr Alasdair in the sunshine!

That's more like it! After a couple of days of wet and…
July 25, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Sgurr Mhic Choinnich to Sgurr a'Mhadaidh

After a brilliant climbing holiday in the Val Di Mello and…
July 24, 2019/by Ken Applegate

The final 3 Munros on the Cuillin Ridge

Yesterday, our Skye Munros team completed the course by reaching…
June 15, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Atmospheric day on the southern 3 Munros, Skye

Our Skye Munros Course, run by myself and Pete, were back…
June 13, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Windy day in the Black Cuillins on Skye

The most notable feature of today were the winds, which led…
June 12, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Raw day in the Cuillins, Skye

Pete and I kicked off day 1 of our Skye Munros Course by taking…
June 11, 2019/by Ken Applegate

More unexpected good weather on Curved Ridge, Glencoe

Yet again, the weather turned out to be much better than expected…
June 9, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Much better than expected on Castle Ridge today

The weather today turned out to be much better than the forecasts…
June 8, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Clear and dry on the Aonach Eagach

Yesterday, I was working alongside Jamie on the final day…
June 7, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Beat the rain on Skye

Our Skye Munros team enjoyed another unexpectedly dry day…
June 5, 2019/by Ken Applegate
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