Entries by Ken Applegate

Snow on Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis

Ken: The first of the season’s snow showers fell on Ben Nevis, today, although only really settling above 1250m. Rich and I climbed Tower Ridge and encountered the first specks of snow at the top of the Little Tower and by the Great Tower, there was a noticeable amount collecting on the ledges, particularly on […]

Sublime conditions on Buachaille Etive Mòr.

Dave: Another day with Stuart and the objective was a mountain day covering lots of terrain, the plan up North Buttress and down Gret Gully Buttress on Buachaille Etive Mòr. Walking in through the mist made us wander how dry the rock would be and if we would get above the cloud. Fortunately the rock […]

Zero to Hero 10 pitches in Glen Nevis

Dave: Stuart had never tied in or belayed before and his only climbing experience was on an Outward Bound course years ago, we started with the basics climbing the gutter in 4 pitches, Stuart learnt fast and showed a natural ability for the climbing. After a quick snack we climbed Resurrection VS 4c to test […]

MacAskill’s line Dubhs Ridge.

Dave: Yesterday I was out on the Dubhs Ridge with Ben and Laura. It was their first time on the Cuillin and they wanted to do the route having seen the recent Danny MacAskill film. Being a Sunday the Ferry from Elgol was not running but through local contacts I arranged a fisherman to take […]

Amazing 2 weeks of mountaineering.

It’s been a busy two- and a-bit weeks on Skye but at the same time the mountains have often felt much quieter than earlier in the season. This may be because I have been continuing my theme this season of trying to get off the standard routes to tailoring the experience for the clients. Some […]

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 […]