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 West Coast Mountain Guides, we have been developing both our Alpine ski touring and cascade climbing courses, along with running our flagship Scottish winter and Skye mountaineering courses, all of which has led to an increase in administration and additional pressures on logistics, to the point that we feel our level of service is beginning to feel the strain.  It therefore makes sense to bring in Ken and Hannah to spread out the work load, and ultimately offer quicker turn around times to enquiries and deliver smoother courses, right from initial contact and booking,  through to enjoying yourselves in the mountains.

Ken, who holds the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate and International Mountain Leader, and Hannah, who holds the Winter Mountain Leader and International Mountain Leader, have been based in Fort William for the past 8 years, and have worked and climbed extensively on Ben Nevis, in Glencoe and throughout the Scottish Highlands.  In between seasons, they seek adventures ski touring, rock and alpine climbing, and recently successfully summited Ama Dablam (6956m), as an independent team,  in the Nepalese Himalaya.  They are both part of Lowe Alpine’s Outdoor Team, and regularly test clothing and equipment for Lowe Alpine and Rab and will bring a wealth of experience into West Coast Mountain Guides and have a constant presence in Fort William.


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Phone number: +44 (0)7799 863068

Vicky and I will continue to process all Alpine enquiries, both summer and winter.



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 buttress, they chose to abseil back down the route. Tomorrow looks fine and clear, so they’ll look at climbing a route that tops out on the summit of Ben Nevis.

Scottish Snow Conditions

Here are the latest Scottish Snow Conditions:

West Coast

Ben Nevis

Skiing Nevis Range
Great cover on the mountain with extensive cover on the upper slopes. At all levels and back to the top station there is a mix of firm packed snow with soft snow on a packed base where the groomer has been along with pockets of soft sleety snow on the summit and upper Goose. Mix of soft wet snow on the Quad Chair runs and firm packed. On the very lower runs Linnhe run is broken but the rope tow is fine.

Warrens lift will open as demand increases with the run currently accessible for the summit.

BACK CORRIES: Assessed daily but Tuesday the snow was soft and exits good with some soft cornices and localised instabilities.

FUNPARK: Small Terrain Park with 3 features at the end of Rabbit run.

Fantastic conditions for winter climbing and mountaineering…


Wide and deep cover of snow offering excellent skiing on the whole of the mountain.

Fantastic conditions for winter climbing and mountaineering…