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:

Windy on Castle Ridge, Ben Nevis today

For the fifth and final day of our Introduction to Winter Climbing…
January 18, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Stunning day in Glencoe!

For the penultimate day of our 5-day Introduction to Winter…
January 17, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Snow returns! Golden Oldie, Aonach Mor

What a difference a day makes! Yesterday, our Introduction…
January 16, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Bit more wintry: No. 2 Gully, Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis was looking far more like it should as John, Jim…
January 14, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Icy in No. 2 Gully, Ben Nevis

Happy New Year to you all! Andy and I have been out with a…
January 5, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Excellent conditions in Tower Gully, Ben Nevis

Over the past few days, I've been out with Blair, Seb…
December 13, 2018/by Ken Applegate

Good snow on Ledge Route, Ben Nevis

I was out running the first day of a winter mountaineering…
December 10, 2018/by Ken Applegate

Good conditions on No. 3 Gully Buttress, Ben Nevis

After a rather awkward approach into Coire na Ciste on Ben…
December 9, 2018/by Ken Applegate

Nice on Ben Nevis today

I was out with Cornelius, Niko, Gero and Ivo, who are all…
December 1, 2018/by Ken Applegate

Sheltered on The Spur, Sgurr an Fheadain, Skye

It's that time of year where winter is with us one minute…
November 29, 2018/by Ken Applegate

Another snowy day on Ben Nevis

Yesterday brought further snow to Ben Nevis, and it's…
November 2, 2018/by Ken Applegate

Shark's Fin Soup, Mess of Pottage, Cairngorms

Harry and I decided that a trip over east would be worthwhile…
November 1, 2018/by Ken Applegate
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