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:

Excellent early season conditions on Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis

That'll be winter back, then! Whilst my day on Skye the…
October 29, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Snowy on the In Pinn and Sgurr Mhic Choinnich

After considering conditions quite carefully, I was happy…
October 27, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Curved Ridge, Buachaille Etive Mor, for father and son team

After a day on the Cobbler, in Arrochar, yesterday, I was…
October 24, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Ben Nevis, the hard way!

I'm forever impressed by the enthusiasm and determination…
October 22, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Snow on the summit of Ben Nevis!

I was out on Ben Nevis today, with Frederick and Christian,…
October 12, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Damp day on North Buttress, Buachaille Etive Mor

After a very wet day on the Onich Slabs yesterday, Arabella…
October 9, 2019/by Ken Applegate

More sunshine and dry rock than expected on Curved Ridge, Glencoe

Nice to be back on home turf today! I was out with Arabella,…
October 7, 2019/by Ken Applegate

No waterproofs required on Skye this week!

That's a wrap! Tom and I took our Skye Munros team up…
October 4, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Breezy and dry on the Northern 3 Munros, Skye

For our third day of our Skye Munros Course, Tom, myself and…
October 3, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Another great day on Skye

For day two of our Skye Munros Course, Tom and I took a group…
October 2, 2019/by Ken Applegate

4 Seasons in 1 day on Skye

Tom and I kicked off our final Skye Munros Course of the season…
October 1, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Nice day on the Aonach Eagach, Glencoe

Today was our last open Aonach Eagach Traverse of the season…
September 28, 2019/by Ken Applegate
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