A piece written by our resident Mountain Guide Andrew Mallinson, penned before Christmas but very pertinent as the snow and ice returns to the UK and many of us are now gearing up and getting out to the Cairngorms and other areas … So what do we want in our seasonal stockings ? Well, with the first dusting of snow on the mountains, thoughts inevitably turn to winter and whether we’re “tooled up” for those magnificent days that await inRead more
As we moved between pitches 2 and 3 the wind slowly started to pick up and the lack of sun on the face saw the temperatures start to dip as the sun hung low on this, the shortest day of the year. Get the feet movingRead more
Following Andy’s great and insightful , and I’m sure recognisable post (Yo-yo Mojo) I was determined that while “life” of keeping me busy to get out no matter what this weekend . The ritual of planning , digging out clothes , pack, deciding where to go , which hat and gloves, long or short base layer , will it rain or not is all part of being us closer to the mountains – it’s the inside bit of getting outsideRead more
Its something we all do, get “complacent through familiarity” . Be it walking across a road, driving a known street or as in this case, think we are safe on a well know mountain “because we have been here before”. I’m glad to say climbing in a team of regular buddies as I tend to do I’m fortunate to have people around me (some with military backgrounds) who tend not to fall into this trap and really do think SafetyRead more
So let me get it out the way – – I am OCD about weight, space etc and they just typically don’t serve a need for me – i don’t take hot food on a climb and its rarely hot enough in Scotland to need a keep cold solution.
That may be about to change…Read more
Happy New Year! Hopefully you have now got over the hangovers, stopped eating chocolate as a major food group and have managed to get out of bed before lunch (just me?) and are looking forward to an exciting year ahead. I know a great number have already been out and about , with lots of climbing and hill walking pics gracing my social media feed. I made it for 1 great day of winter climbing in the Cairngorms and haveRead more