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:
[email protected]

Winter Climbing Conditions, Glencoe

New Season, New Route: Optimist’s Arête, Ben Nevis

This past weekend brought with it the first notable spell of…
November 15, 2017/by Ken Applegate
Winter Climbing Conditions Ben Nevis 008

Winter arrives on Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor!

First things first. We've had a bit of a shuffle around at West…
November 5, 2017/by Ken Applegate
Skye Cuillins Munros Guide

All 11 Skye Cuillins Munros summited

West Coast Mountain Guides were back on the Isle of Skye last…
September 10, 2017/by Ken Applegate
Glencoe Guide

Busy June on Skye & in Lochaber

We've enjoyed a busy June, with a number of teams out and about,…
June 28, 2017/by Ken Applegate
Guide Skye Munros

Guiding the Skye Munros

Over the past couple of weeks, Scott and I have been on the…
May 20, 2017/by Ken Applegate
Great Ridge Direct, Garbh Bheinn

Great Ridge Direct, Garbh Bheinn

Andy, Dave and I enjoyed yet another sunny day of rock climbing…
May 7, 2017/by Ken Applegate
Raeburn's Arete and North East Buttress

Raeburn’s Arete and North East Buttress

I was back out on Ben Nevis today, this time with Andy and his…
May 6, 2017/by Ken Applegate
Guiding Aonach Eagach

Aonach Eagach & Tower Ridge

We're enjoying an amazing spell of good weather in the Scottish…
May 5, 2017/by Ken Applegate
Island Peak

Island Peak Expedition for Adventure Peaks

May 3, 2017/by Ken Applegate
Tower Ridge Winter Climbing Course

That’s a wrap! Tower Ridge

Today was my second and last day with Paul, and my last day of…
March 29, 2017/by Ken Applegate
North East Buttress Winter Climbing Course

Just about hanging on: NE Buttress

It certainly feels like winter is trying to make a sneaky exit…
March 28, 2017/by Ken Applegate
Ben Nevis Winter Mountaineering Course

Cairngorms & Ben Nevis Mountaineering

I've just finished three days of Winter Mountaineering with Mark…
March 27, 2017/by Ken Applegate
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