Scottish Winter Climbing

Rab Guide Gloves

Two pairs of new gloves from Rab arrived today.  Scottish winter climbing and mountaineering can be tough on hands and gloves so I’m very pleased to get hold of some of these warm and burly Guide Gloves.   I had a pair of an older design a couple of years ago and they soon became […]

Jagged Globe Equipment for Scottish Winter Mountaineering

Here is Mountaineering Instructor Ed Chard talking though his recommended equipment for Scottish winter mountaineering and climbing. [vimeo][/vimeo]

Jagged Globe Cover

I really pleased to see that one of my favourite photographs from 2011 has been used by Jagged Globe for the cover of their latest brochure. It was taken in Observatory Gully on Ben Nevis.

Clothing for Ice Climbing in Rjukan

I have just returned from my second visit to the Norwegian ice climbing venue in Rjukan. Equipment on such trips is of course massively important and it all needs to cope with a variety of cold, wintery, icy conditions – uphill walk-ins, belaying, abseiling and of course the ice climbing itself. So here is my list […]

Wild Country Karabiners

Some lovely Wild Country karabiners under construction in North Wales

Pod Sac Alpine 50

My first rucsac was a Karrimor Jaguar. It set the standard for pretty much all of my rucsac choices ever since – big and simple, no side pockets, fixed back, with limited fixtures and fittings. I then had a very minimal red Troll Trolltind sac that I used for rock climbing for years and years. […]

Scottish Winter Climbing Film

Good film here from Petzl showing some Scottish Winter ice and mixed climbing. Always nice to see some Ben Nevis action and especially nice if it’s footage of the speedy Swiss running boy Ueli Steck repeating Andy Turner’s grade X The Secret. [vimeo][/vimeo]