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Category Archives: winter climbing

Ice & winter climbing: Patey’s Route, Sneachda

  Great day in Sneachda winter climbing. Patey’s Route, IV 5. Good nick but crux mixed bulge definitely harder than tech 5 today with little build up. Windward slopes scoured but gullies and sheltered lines in good condition. Teams on … Continue reading

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Winter mountaineering course: Raise & Helvellyn

  Over the last couple of days I have been running a winter mountaineering course for Summitreks over in Coniston. Day 1 was spent up on Raise in really poor visibility, looking at the core winter skills that you need … Continue reading

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Guided winter climbing: Gully 1 – Helvellyn’s east face

  On Sunday, Colin from Yorkshire joined us for a day of guided ice and winter climbing in the Lake District. Our guide Paddy met Colin in Glenridding and headed up to the east face of Helvellyn to look at winter … Continue reading

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Winter training with Kendal Mountain Rescue Team

  For the past few days I’ve been up in the Cairngorms training with colleagues from Kendal Mountain Search and Rescue Team. Each year the team heads north to practice the skills needed to carry out efficient rescues in harsh … Continue reading

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CPD in the West Highlands

  For the past week I’ve been up in Scotland on the west coast for 6 days of CPD training on looking after groups in the harsh Scottish winter environment. It’s been a great but tough week, with winds gusting … Continue reading

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