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:

Skye Munros Course – Days 3 & 4

Two more days, six more Munros bagged. Yesterday, with tired…
May 10, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Skye Munros Course – Day 2

With rain due for sometime in the afternoon, we decided to…
May 8, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Skye Munros Course – Day 1

With such a good weather forecast, Steve and I thought that…
May 7, 2019/by Ken Applegate

The Cobbler, Aonach Eagach & Castle Ridge, Ben Nevis

Not all in one day by one team I hasten to add! This is what…
May 5, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Skye season is underway

Some years, the transition from winter to summer seems to…
April 22, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Availability on our 4-day Cuillin Munros Course on Skye

With the longer daylight hours and an amazing spell of excellent…
April 18, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Sunshine & ice climbing – Central Gully R/H, Ben Nevis

I was back out with Marcin and Pawel today and with such a…
March 30, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Great Winter Climbing Forecast

❄️The forecast for 30 March - 8 April must…
March 29, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Curved Ridge Conditions & Summer Availability

For the past couple of days, I've been out with Phil,…
March 29, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Winter still holding on – East Ridge of Beinn a'Chaorainn

Jamie has been out with us a number of times over the years,…
March 25, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Proper winters day on Comb Gully, Ben Nevis

Uncertainty, adventure, spindrift, strong winds, snow, poor…
March 24, 2019/by Ken Applegate

Up Tower Ridge, Down Ledge Route

I was back on Ben Nevis today, this time with Stephen and…
March 23, 2019/by Ken Applegate
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