Monday 18th February

Stuart and Derek were out today on Ben Nevis and climbed Comb Gully reporting good conditions.  Cascade and the easier gullys were very busy.  Reports are in of a very thin Satanic Verses being climbed yesterday.

Nic and Davie climbed Central Gully on Ben Lui a couple of days ago on very good snow.

Saturday 16th February

I was out today with Steve and Leanne. It was the first time they had ever used an ice axe and crampons so we headed up Ledge Route on Ben Nevis. The conditions were good with excellent snow for most of the way. There was an amazing cloud inversion on top.

Adam climbed Glovers Chimney with Richard and Richard. The first pitch was in poor condition. Above this it was fine. It may be better to start via The White Line.

Other teams were on Good Friday Climb, Comb Gully, Tower Ridge and the easy gullys.  Teams were also climbing on The Little Brenva face. I do not know which route they were on but some ice was falling down.

Thursday 14th February

Bomber, Martin and Glenn headed into Stob Coire Nan Beith today and climbed Central Gully between Diamond and Church Door Buttress.  They climbed the left hand start which has a mixed section of grade 3 at the moment.  The right hand start is grade 1.  The snow was excellent.

 Summit Gully is broken.

Tuesday 12th February

Craig ‘Mclaurin’ Mclaren was out today in Glen Coe.  He climbed central gully between Diamond and Church Door Buttress.  He reports that the route was lean, with one awkward chockstone but the snow was bomber.  He suggests a grade of 2 in the current conditions.  The Aonach Eagach is completely stripped.

Thursday 7th February

I was out today in the Northern Corries looking at avalanche awareness and snow anchors with members of the Falkirk council mountaineering club.  It was very wet but routes such as Hidden Chimney, Crows Nest Crack and Milky Way are still white if we get a refreeze.  The gullys are complete.

Yesterday Sharon and Ian Climbed Echo Edge on Meall Bhuide next to Beinn an Dothaidh.  This is an excellent and much neglected route with a short walk in and no crowds almost guaranteed.

Wednesday 6th February

I was in Stob Coire nan Lochan and there was a lot of snow about with a couple of avalanches down the Western-most gullies. Routes were quite hard going with the build up of unhelpful snow, but the Ordinary Routes (on South and Central Buttresses) had ascents and Sam Clarke and I did Crest Route. A very pleasant day indeed.

Unfortunately, now sat in Ballachulish waiting for a car to be fixed, I can tell you the snow will not be much of a problem for the next few days. Persistent rain is forecast and it is currently 5 degrees on the summit of Aonach Mor!

Thanks to Gaz Marshall for rescuing us from Ballachulish late last night and putting us up in the Fort. Thanks also to Mike Tweedley for giving us a lift South today. Cheers guys!

Tuesday 5th February

I was out in Corrie Fee in Glen Clova today.  We climbed B Gully Buttress.  The condtions on the first pitch were poor with wet snow and the turf unfrozen.  The conditions were better on the next two and a half pitches.  There were many large cornices about on various aspects and it snowed from 12pm onwards.

Tony had better luck on Beinn an Dothaidh were he climbed The Screaming finding better condtions.  Another team climbed Menage a Trois.

Monday 4th February

Damo, Mark and i headed out ski touring in Glen Shee today.  We skied over The CairnWell, Carn nan Stac, Carn a’Gheoidh and down to the A93.  It was possible to wear skis the whole time above the 500m contour.  The weather was farily wild with strong winds and snowfall.  The pistes still look mostly in good condition.

Sunday 3rd February

Mark was out on Ben Ledi today. There is a lot of snow on north east and east aspects but not on the other aspects.  The turf is not frozen.  Mark could see The Cobbler, it was black.