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:

Springlike on North Buttress, Buachaille Etive Mor

For Andrew's final day, we felt that we had got every…
February 15, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Tower Ridge hanging on to the snow

For our fourth day, Andrew and I found winter on Tower Ridge…
February 14, 2019/by Ken Applegate

SW Ridge of the Douglas Boulder & 1934 Route, Ben Nevis

Despite a bit of thaw happening the Highlands right now, there's…
February 13, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Raeburn's Route, Stob Coire nan Lochan

Today brought with it a rise in the temperatures, but at least…
February 12, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Central Gully R/H & Thompson's Route, Ben Nevis

With views up to the summits for much of the day and with cold,…
February 11, 2019/by Ken Applegate

The Promise (III,4), Sron na Lairig Summit Buttress

One of the great things about the job that I do is the opportunity…
February 10, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Not that bad: East Ridge of Beinn a'Chaorainn

The forecasts for today were suggesting similar winds to yesterday,…
February 9, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Mixed weather: Western Rib, Aonach Mor

Today, I was out with Nick, Andy and Allan, who I've…
February 7, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Stob Ban – White Peak

For Peter's final day, we decided to go for a journey…
February 6, 2019/by Ken Applegate

A day of two halves: SW Ridge of the Douglas Boulder

Today started off very clear and crisp, with great views right…
February 5, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Ice climbing on Fahrenheit 451, Beinn an Dothaidh

It was nice to finally swing the tools into some decent (and…
February 4, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Surprisingly quiet on Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis

With such a good forecast, I was expecting the north face…
February 2, 2019/by Ken Applegate
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