Highland Guides News & Mountaineering Report

We discuss many mountaineering projects with guests wanting to climb in the Alps in summer and who can see the massive benefits of pre-alpine training courses in winter & spring in the Scottish Highlands.  The conditions here often create a tough and exacting environment even for climbing some of the simple 'Munto' summits.

Alpine Training in the Highlands

We discuss many mountaineering projects with guests wanting to climb in the Alps in summer and who can see the massive benefits of pre-alpine training courses in winter & spring in the Scottish Highlands.  The conditions here often create a tough and exacting environment even for climbing some of the simple 'Munto' summits.

Summit Ridge on The Monch, Bernese Oberland

The Scottish Highlands and in particular, the West Highlands are currently experiencing the winter climbers holy grail of sustained cold temperatures with stable weather following a period of melt freeze following a period of high snowfall.  Lots of ice and lots of stable snow with blud skies above.  Perfick!

Ice Climbing High on Ben Nevis

The heavy snowfalls and wild weather conditions across the Highlands over the last few weeks have truly reaped dividends for the winter mountaineer & even ski touring enthusiasts.  Many quality ice lines have been climbed on 'The Ben' in the last few days including some highly prized and rarely climbed lines like Shield Direct & Gemini.

High Mountain Guides will be running the full compliment of mountaineering courses in the Scottish Highlands this coming winter season. From introductory training with ice-axe and crampons to technical winter climbing, we will be providing high quality bespoke courses for small groups and individuals.

The North Face of the Eiger, a route that captures the imagination of most of the public let alone mountaineers, has been in fantastic condition for the last few weeks of the autumn....

Thanks to all those who have been in touch already about the forthcoming Scottish Winter Mountaineering season. It's easy to be inspired when there have already been a number of snow flurries in the Highlands. As usual we will be offering the full range of Winter Mountaineering courses from introductory winter skills and mountaineering to advanced winter climbing.

Mention the Carn Mor Dearg (CMD) Arete to the dedicated Scottish hill goer and they will conjure up an image of the aesthetic curving ridge encircling the Allt a' Mhuillin and offering constantly stupendous views of the North Face of Ben Nevis, a real British Mountain classic.

The winter climbing season is in full swing in the Scottish Highlands and there are currently some great conditions. Big dumps of snow in January followed by constantly sub-zero temperatures on the hills have given superb conditions for ice and mixed climbing as well as ski touring and winter hill walking.

You can now view the short film about the 2009 British / Indian expedition to climb Nanda Devi East & Changuch in the Indian Himalaya. If you have any comments, it would be great to see them in the thread on the Guest Book.