Carn Mor Dearg via Coire Leis

I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to get up Carn Mor Dearg for years, and every time I’ve tried to go up the back of Coire Leis (at the side of Ben Nevis) I’ve had to back off due to the poor snowpack stability. So to do both today was a real treat! We encountered a lot of blue ice at the base of the main … Read More »

A Stroll in the Mamores

After yesterday’s epic, Ally and I planned a shorter day’s walking and headed for the Mamores. Having parked above Kinlochleven, we had intended to go up Na Gruagaichean but, seeing a large Plas y Brenin group heading that way, we rapidly changed plan to get a bit of space from the crowd. Instead, we made our way up Sgurr an Iubhair, whose final ridge to the … Read More »

Aonach Eagach Ridge

Last night was spent travelling up to the Scottish Highlands, ready for a couple of days winter mountaineering. I didn’t arrive till 2.20am, so it was a bit of a shock the system getting up early for a decent day on the hill, but it turned out to be well worth it. I’ve come to spend a few days with Ally who, like me, is gradually … Read More »

Happy Birthday Alfie!

One of my boys turned 12 on Tuesday and, for his birthday party, he asked me take him and a few friends to the Adventure Rope Course in Shrewsbury. They competed to see who could get the highest on the Crate Stake, before plucking up the courage to pull the quick release on the Giant Swing. The Tunnels are always a favorite, and having exited at … Read More »

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