North East Buttress, Ben Nevis

Today, Paul and I tackled one of Ben Nevis' great mountaineering routes; North East Buttress. North East Buttress is the most striking feature when walking up the Allt a' Mhuilinn, and is a hugely popular winter climb. It sees far less traffic during the summer months, but still give's an excellent day out. When damp, the rock is quite slippery, so a bit more traffic outwith the winter, to clean the rock up, wouldn't go amiss!

From the initial traverse to gain the crest, to topping out on the plateau, the route doesn't let up, with plenty of interest and tricky moves throughout, however, the crux section, the Man Trap and Forty Foot Corner are both significantly harder than anything else, and come right at the top of the route.

Whilst the weather was largely dry, the rock was still fairly damp, and both Paul and I had to climb quite carefully, particularly with regards to foot placements.

The weather closed in a bit as we reached the summit of Ben Nevis, and we made a quick descent via Coire Leis.
A few teams on Castle Ridge, Ledge Route and the CMD Arête today.

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Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, The In Pinn and Sgurr na Banachdich

More Munro bagging action on the main Cuillin Ridge for our Skye Munros Course today. With today's forecast being the best of the week, we tackled Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, The In Pinn and Sgurr na Banachdich.

The day started off clear, with some great views out to Rum and Canna, as we made our way up to Coire Lagan. This soon changed as we were hit with a sharp shower of hail and rain, but thereafter, we had very little in the way of precipitation. The winds, whilst fresh and chilly, didn't impact our day in the slightest.

After a damp ascent of Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, The rock dried up nicely in time for our ascent of the In Pinn. It never ceases to amaze me at how wild the situation is when climbing the East Ridge of the In Pinn, so as ever, a huge well done to our team for getting up and down it. There were plenty of smiles on the summit!

From here, it was a quick journey over to our eighth Munro of the week; Sgurr Na Banachdich, before we descended back down to Glen Brittle.

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Dodging the winds on Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh and Mhadaidh

With the winds due to pick up at 1pm, Adele and I decided to take our Skye Munros team up to An Dorus, from where we nipped up Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh and Sgurr a'Mhadaidh.

These two Munros are very close together, and only involve a short section of steep scrambling out of An Dorus. There is still plenty of scrambling on both peaks, but it's not particularly steep, and providing that the correct line is taken, not too difficult either.

We experienced some squally showers, along with a bit of hail, but overall, the day was much drier than yesterday. The winds picked up as expected, but by then, we were on our way down. That's five of the Munros on the main Cuillin Ridge done, six to go. These courses are run in conjunction with Steven Fallon Mountain Guiding.

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Sgurr Nan Gillean, Am Basteir and Bruach na Frithe

I'm back on the Misty Isle again, running our last Skye Munros Course (run in conjunction with Steven Fallon Mountain Guiding) of the year.

It's no secret that the western Highlands are experiencing some changeable weather at the moment, so picking the right objective for the day can be quite tricky. With the winds due to ease from midday onwards, we decided to go for the northern 3 Munros; Sgurr Nan Gillean, Am Basteir and Bruach na Frithe.

This was a bit of a baptism of fire for the team, but everyone did well and managed the ascent and descent of Sgurr Nan Gillean's excellent West Ridge. From there, we tackled Am Bastier via its East Ridge, including the Bad Step, before finishing on Bruach na Frithe.

Drier but windier tomorrow…

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Aonach Eagach – The Notched Ridge

The day started off very promising for Peter, Geoff, Carl and myself today, as we made the steep ascent up Am Bodach to start the traverse of the Aonach Eagach in Glencoe today. We were treated to great views across Glen Coe, as well as to Ben Nevis and the Mamores to the north and we also passed a herd of wild goats on our way up.

As Peter, Geoff and Carl were all pretty experienced in the mountains, and with conditions being good underfoot, we made good progress, and soloed much of the ridge. The clouds held off for much of our traverse, but closed in after the final section of scrambling, and brought with it a bit of drizzle.

Still, a great day to be out in Glencoe, and a fine accomplishment for Peter, Geoff and Carl. The beauty with completing the Aonach Eagach is that it opens up a world of mountaineering and scrambling possibilities throughout the Highlands and on the Isle of Skye.

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Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis

It was nice to be back on Ben Nevis today. Mike and I headed straight for one of the longest climbs in the UK, Tower Ridge, and had a great day!

We made our way, carefully as ever, up the East Gully of the Douglas Boulder, before gaining the crest of Tower Ridge. The rock was a bit damp in places, but overall, conditions were pretty good. As we made our ascent, the clouds swirled around us and gave us glimpses up to the plateau and of the surrounding cliffs and two remaining snow patches, one beneath Point 5 Gully, and the other alongside Tower Scoop.

Mike made short work of Tower Ridge, and we soon found ourselves in the crux section, between the Eastern Traverse and the far side of Tower Gap. The exposure here is quite sensational, and is a good reminder not to switch off just yet!

Soon after, we were making our way round to the summit, which was quite busy, and completely in the cloud.

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Sgurr Nan Gillean, Am Basteir and Bruach na Frithe

For our final day of our Skye Munros Course, Steve, myself and our team of 6 tackled the northern 3 Munros on the main Cuillin Ridge; Sgurr Nan Gillean, Am Basteir and Bruach na Frithe.

We ascended the brilliant West Ridge of Sgurr Nan Gillean before then ascending the East Ridge of Am Basteir. Sgurr Nan Gillean must be one of my favourite mountains in the UK, with three excellent ridges emanating from its lofty summit, none of them easy.

On the East Ridge of Am Basteir, we stayed close to the crest, and tackled the bad step in both directions, before finally cutting beneath Am Basteir and crossing the head of Fionn Choire and up our eleventh Munro; Bruach Na Frithe, the only Munro on the main Cuillin Ridge to feature a trig point.

The weather remained largely dry today, but we did have a sharp shower of hail. It definitely felt quite autumnal.

These courses are run in conjunction with Steven Fallon Mountain Guiding

Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh and Mhadaidh

Wet, wet, wet today! With a rather sub-optimal weather forecast, Steve and I took our Skye Munros team to the Central section of the Cuillin Ridge and to Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh and Sgurr a'Mhadaidh.

The rain was with us from the off, so it was a case of keeping our hoods up and our heads down in order to tick off these two Munros, both of which have short sections of technical scrambling, but require full attention throughout.

That's eight Munros completed over the past three days, with three left to go on the main Cuillin Ridge.

These courses are run in conjunction with Steven Fallon Mountain Guiding

Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, The In Pinn and Sgurr na Banachdich

For our second day of our Skye Munros Course, run in conjunction with Steven Fallon Mountain Guiding, Steve, myself and our team tackled Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, The In Pinn and Sgurr na Banachdich.

The weather remained largely dry, but it was definitely cooler and with more clouds than expected. That said, the rock was dry throughout. The team cruised over Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, and up the brown ramp beneath An Stac. The In Pinn, which for many Munroists, can prove to be a bit of a nemesis, was tackled with enthusiasm.

We then skirted over to Sgurr Na Banachdich in good time. It was quite a busy day, with a number of other teams on Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, but we were fortunate to have a clear run up the In Pinn.

Bit of a change in the weather for tomorrow, but with the forecasts not having been entirety accurate recently, it may not be quite so wet tomorrow…

Southern 3 Munros on the Cuillin Ridge

Today, Steve and I kicked off our Skye Munros Course, run in conjunction with Steven Fallon Mountain Guiding, with an ascent of Sgurr Nan Eag, Sgurr Dubh Mor and Sgurr Alasdair.

The weather didn't quite turn out as expected, and we had quite a bit more cloud and drizzle than the forecasts were suggesting. We still managed to get some great views of the rest of the Cuillin Ridge, but they were definitely a bit more 'atmospheric'. The team did well with coping with the variable conditions underfoot, and as ever the descent of the Great Stone Chute had its fans and those that enjoyed it a little less. Its amazing how much it changes from week to week, and today if felt a bit more awkward than usual.