Friday, 27 December 2019

A good start, temporary blip

We've had a good start to the winter season here in the Highlands, with people being able to grab winter climbs, walks and ski-tours recently. I was most recently out on Christmas Eve, and enjoyed great snow-ice conditions in Coire an-t Sneachda in the Cairngorms.  The next few days look set to deliver a big thaw unfortunately, with strong SW winds likely to deplete the snowpack significantly. All is not lost though, as it looks set to cool down again next week, and the winter is still young!

Central Left-Hand I/II, Coire an-t Sneachda, Cairngorms, 24/12/19

Friday, 20 December 2019

Morocco rock and scrambles

Recently back from another stunning trip to the Anti-Atlas mountains of Morocco. The area offers a fabulous mixture of easy access and logistics, great winter weather, superb mountain rock-climbing and scrambling all encased in an exotic yet really friendly culture and environment. I'll let the pictures do the talking, but if you want to join us next year take a look at the website for details and how to book.

Welcome to Morocco---a hotel with a view!
Exposed but straightforward climbing on the area's longest climb-the 1500m Millennium Ridge

Big hold, big smiles. Outrageous situations for a V Diff!

The highest peak in the area--Jebel el Kest 2375m gives a superb day of mountain scrambling

This wild country----careful route-finding required!

The superb Tizgut Ridge--like the Aonach Eagach but longer and a bit harder! Grade 3 scramble
The oasis town of Tafrout, our base