Entries by Ken Applegate

Ben Nevis Ridges

The weekend has been amazing warm weather, ideal for being in the mountains. Dave has been out on Ben Nevis with Charmaine helping her prepare for a trip to the Alps this summer. Day 1, the team headed for Tower Ridge for Charmaine’s first ascent of Ben Nevis and first views of the North Face. […]

Blacks peaks above a sea of white.

I think the inversion today was better than yesterday, from the central Cuillin we could see all the peaks above the cloud. The objective for the day with Donald and Suzan was Sgurr a Ghreadaidh and Sgurr a Mhadaidh, Donald’s last of the Cuillin and Susan’s last on her second round. To give a journey […]

MacKenzie’s Halo.

A truly wonderful day in the Cuillin. A muggy walk in and slog up the An Stac screes brought us unexpectedly out of the cloud. We were treated with a giant brocken spectre being made by the summit of Sgùrr MhicChoinnich. Fortunately we arrived at the In Pinn with no other teams climbing or at […]

Ideal Cullin conditions.

The other week Dave was out with Steve and Janet for 4 days during some of the best weather you can get in the Cuillin. Neither Steve and Janet had been to the Cuillin or done many Scottish Hills, but they’re keen hikers and very fit, this combined with the great weather meant they achieved […]

Changeable conditions on the Cuillin.

On Friday and Saturday Dave was traversing the Cuillin with David and Natalie. Fortunately, there was weather window giving a dry and cloudy first day followed by a beautiful evening, the second day was a damp start which changed to warm sun. The team had a brilliant experience seeing very few people along the way […]

A fine route on a fine day.

On Tuesday Dave was out with John who wanted to summit Sgurr nan Gillean and Am Bastier, having chatted experience levels they made the plan to climb Pinnacle Ridge onto Sgurr nan Gillean and descend the West Ridge before ascending Am Bastier. Another cool walk under and through the clouds made the morning approach nice, […]

Sublime conditions on the Cuillin.

Yesterday Dave was out with Campbell, Stuart and Mark for an ascent of the In Pin and a traverse of the ridge to Sgurr MhicChoinnich. The walk in was cool under the low laying cloud, the team made quick work up the West Ridge of Sgurr Dearg over taking other teams and arriving at the […]

Something a bit different: Mount Triglav with Triglav Tours

Rather than the usual post about conditions and trips in the Scottish Highlands, here’s a short piece by our friends at Triglav Tours, about Mount Triglav, which at 2864m is the highest summit in Slovenia. Mount Triglav is the highest mountain in Slovenia and in the Julian Alps. It is also a national symbol of Slovenia […]

A sociable Aonach Eagach.

Dave was out on the Aonach Eagach today with Katrina, Alec and Janet. The weather was mixed but never poor, giving a cool ascent below the clouds and some views on the ridge. The team made good progress along the ridge enjoying the scrambling and exposure, staying ahead of the masses until the pinnacles. Smaller […]