All too often I get asked the question, but what will we do if the weather is bad? Like somehow a day of outdoor activities is going to be ruined by a little bit of Scottish drizzle….
The North West Highlands has lots of fantastic winter climbing to be had but we had our eye on the four star classic, Penguin gully. This 350m grade III,4 is a master piece which weaves it’s way up a hidden gully line to near the summit of Beinn Dearg. // Read story
March appears to have brought some more stable and clear weather over the North West Highlands of Scotland. Of course it would be rude not to get out in the snow and make the most of it. Our goal, Ben Mor Assynt and Conival.
The odd day of ice climbing has presented itself through January and February. With the mountains being black one day and white it next it has been difficult to find good conditions.
The winter seems to have been coming and going. Its seems that one day I can be struggling to drive to the hills and sinking thigh deep in soft snow followed by wet black hills the next morning and a rise of 10 degrees.
So today was a day of total contrast. Having walked in to the coire in a t-shirt we put our crampons on and layered up for the climb.
As I parked the car I made sure to park into the horizontal rain thinking it would help as I got my boots on. Forcing the door open into the wind I realised it was not going to be an easy day, so as I put my boots on in the front seat I questioned my sanity.
With a quick break in the weather and the tempting appearance of spring I decided to introduce Kevin to the wonders of Reiff where we had a bit of soloing and bouldering before the weather broke and winter descended on us once again.
The ballachulish horse shoe is famous for it’s steep terrain and knife edge ridges.