Category Archives : Latest Conditions

Christmas celebrations

Following a stormy Christmas Eve, Thursday dawned clear and still in Observatory Gully. A team on Tower Ridge were tackling the first steepening directly whilst we pondered the chances of approaching Indicator Wall without releasing a slab. The week’s thaw and rapid refreeze had produced perfect climbing conditions but other than a lone SAIS forecaster […]

Point Five Gully

Ben Nevis Conditions

20th December 2014

  The safest day in a fortnight of stormy weather. A weak ridge of high pressure promised lighter westerlies for a day. Reports of huge depths of graupel on eastern aspects followed the most lightning I’ve seen on the west coast. This season’s redesigned SAIS forecast included a tantalising picture of The Shroud forming, and crisp neve from […]

Good boots for the Cuillin Ridge.

  Working on the Cuillin Ridge, guiding folk along the easiest route to traverse the entire range reveals a lot about recent boot choices. One well known guide revealed this week that she would not expect to wear a sponsor’s fabric boots for more than a hundred days on the screes and rough bedrock of […]


Ben Rowe, Easy Gully, 15th April 2014

April 2014

Clear skies, freezing last night and light winds have today brought the high gullies back into climbable ‘nick’ today. This winter’s exceptional depths of snow on strong winds made for a challenging peak season (as ever) and the unbroken corrie rims’ large cornicing has encouraged mortal mountaineers to consider alternative passtimes. For skiers accessing off-piste […]