Entries by Ken Applegate

Winter has arrived!

Storm Abigail brought with it the first substantial snowfall this season, giving the mountains their first winter coat, down to about 600m or so.  Winter has arrived in the Scottish Highlands! Quite a few folk made the most of this early season wintry snap with mixed routes having been climbed in the Northern Corries of […]

Climbing in the Valle d’Aosta, Italy

For the second half of my trip to the Alps, Tom and I found ourselves on the other side of the Mont Blanc Tunnel, in the stunning sun trap that is the Valle d’Aosta.  Whilst it is a beautiful valley, it wasn’t quite our intended plan from the outset… Having met up with Tom, who […]

Eugster Couloir Direct, Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix

There can’t be many better ways to prepare for the forthcoming winter climbing season in Scotland than climbing the Eugster Couloir Direct on the 1000m north face of the Aiguille du Midi, so that’s what Alex and I set out to do last week, but our first attempt was far from successful. With a reasonable […]

Ken & Hannah to head up Scottish Courses

With an ever expanding Alpine climbing and ski touring season, and with Scottish winter and Skye mountaineering courses continuing to be busy, we have brought in Ken Applegate and Hannah Evans, who are based in Fort William, to head up our Scottish mountaineering and climbing courses. Over the past couple of years, since taking over […]

Minus Three Gully, Ben Nevis

There is deep snow all over Ben Nevis at the moment, down to low levels. The team in the CIC Hut were all alone on the mountain today and climbed the brilliant Minus Three Gully on the side of North East Buttress.  They encountered high quality climbing on each pitch.  Rather than battle up the […]