Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Wonderful winter climbing conditions here in the Cairngorms

 Nice day at work today with Nick who cruised up his first winter climb, we were so lucky to catch such wonderful weather and climbing conditions.





                                                    The Coire has great conditions for the time of year.

Monday, 12 April 2021

Some outstanding spring winter conditions

Wow, we have had a fantastic spell of fine weather here and the climbing and ski-mountaineering is good. Due to the Covid rules we can only participate with local climbers but as we live in the Highland Region that still give us a great selection of fine people to climb with but one should still take care and try to keep to the rules. Do remember to stay safe and stay local. 

Please be aware of current mandatory travel restrictions in Local Authority areas within Scotland and respect local communities by referring to Scottish Government guidance and safe route choices for exercise. For further guidance please refer to the following information for hillwalkers and climbers and snowsports on ski and board.



Here are some images from the past few day from around the North-West.






Saturday, 3 April 2021

Late winter climbing in sunshine

 An outstanding day here in the Cairngorms on firm spring snow with Crag and Shelly who are preparing for some Alpine climbing this coming summer season. 


                                                            In Aladdin's Couloir
                                              The coire has plenty snow on the lower graded climbs.

                                                    Descending Fiaccle ridge.


Monday, 15 March 2021

Introductory winter climbing course

Team Ascent mountain guides are active carrying out permitted activity under current Scottish Government guidance.

Please be aware of current mandatory travel restrictions in Local Authority areas within Scotland and respect local communities by referring to Scottish Government guidance and safe route choices for exercise. For further guidance please refer to the following information for hillwalkers and climbers and snowsports on ski and board.


The excitement and happiness of doing your first grade 1 climb....  well done Alma!!





A perfect day climbing and mountain biking with a perfect person...



Saturday, 6 March 2021

Another great day guiding in the Cairngorms.

So lucky to live and work up here in the Cairngorm National Park. but please remember while Covid-19 continues, stay safe and climb well with in your limits, minimise risk and stay local.

Daniel on his first Cairngorm winter multi-pitch winter climb.

On belay!

The Northern cories in outstanding winter condition.

Mountain bike up and down the ski road. Covid-19 restrictions and lots of drifted snow gives BIG Brother all the excuses they need to prevent access! Even although its tax payers cash that built the road and their dodgy funicular. Less said the better!!!!

 

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Some fine days in the HIlls

 Been guiding and climbing locally, with local people.. so  all within the recommended Covid-19 guidance, please keep safe- there is light at the end of the tunnel!

Nick on his first outing with crampons

and mountaineering rope work, taking coils, moving together and all. 

Rick doing his thing!


also its amazing in Torridon https://youtu.be/LXifzu-aYjY


Friday, 26 February 2021

Wonderful Scottish winter mountaineering

Team Ascent mountain guides are active carrying out permitted activity under current Scottish Government guidance.

Please be aware of current mandatory travel restrictions in Local Authority areas within Scotland and respect local communities by referring to Scottish Government guidance and safe route choices for exercise. For further guidance please refer to the following information for hillwalkers and climbers and snowsports on ski and board.


Some great days out in the hills even although we have had a huge thaw. There is still a massive amounts of snow in the higher coires.

Liathach Torridon

Wonderful rays of light

Rick on a nice little mountaineering adventure

Fine but milder condition


Thursday, 11 February 2021

Local ski touring here in these Covid times!

 Its been great weather, incredibly cold but reasonable winds and great snow cover. 

Rick and Bob on Meall a' Bhuachaile

Summit shot

Skinning up Ben Rinnes

Summit ahead 840m

View down towards Aberlour and beyond

Bob after a fine descent.


Monday, 1 February 2021

Ski mountaineering

 Had a wonderful day today on out local hills, ten minutes form my back yard... the snow remains good but some burn crossing snow bridges are becoming quite dodgy.

Nice ski touring around Drumochter pass

Bob and Rick

Wonderful views to the West

Ski descent


Burn crossing are fun!

                                                                        

                                                                A wonderful little circuit



Wonderful days on the hill

Nice winter hill walk

Beinn Alligin and Liathach

Ski day
Sunset by the sea

 

Thursday, 28 January 2021

Ski Mountaineering - a nice tour

Today we were out on our local Cairngorm National park. Conditions are still very good and we found some nice snow for the descent. It was bad visibility on the main higher summits but on Meal a Bhuachaille to Creagan Gorm and Craiggowrie it was very good. It did feel cold in the wind but the snow cover is good. The descent down the NW aspect of Craiggowrie was superb, until the forrest,which is always a bit survial-ish but still we were able to keep our skis on all the way from the road side.

Bob in fine form!

Rick and Bob


                                                        Bob with Craiggowrie behind