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Paul on the steep main pitch of
'Royal Pardon' on Aonach Beag.
Pimp Hey approaching Bruach na Frithe,
on the Cullin Ridge, Skye.
Classic mixed climbing in perfect conditions,
Coire an t-Sneachda, Northern Cairngorms.

Scotland winter 2019  If you'd like to talk about booking some Scottish winter climbing or winter mountaineering instruction, now's the time to get in touch. I'll be based in Scotland from late Dec through to mid March and available to instruct or guide on a daily basis.

I'm happy to arrange basic winter skills training for both groups and individuals, and can also provide guided days out on any winter mountains you may have your eye on. Further information can be found on the mountain skills page.

Winter climbing instruction is available for both beginners and experienced climbers. Guided winter climbing can be arranged anywhere in the Highlands. Further information can be found on the winter climbing page. For a no obligation chat to find out what's possible, just drop me an email or give me a call. You'll find prices and details on how to make a booking on the bookings page.

New winter book  Scotland's Winter Mountains with one axe. I spent a substantial part of last year writing and laying out the book, unable to let it go to the printers until it looked and felt just right. I'm hesitant to classify it but it's a guidebook of sorts, and I'm confident it'll make total sense to anyone who loves the Scottish mountains. It finally arrived back from the printers (Gomer Press in Llandysul) in early February and is now available from all good independent book shops and the better outdoor shops, as well as online retailers such as the Guardian Bookshop and the BMC. You can also purchase the book directly from me at Northern Edge Books.

Scrambles guidebook  My first attempt at producing a book. It's a guide to 50 of the best mountain scrambles in North Wales and should appeal to anyone who likes biffing around in Snowdonia's mountains (whether that's climbing, walking or running).

Beyond all expectations the second print run has just sold out. A revised edition has just gone to print and will be available in the nicer outdoor shops and independent bookshops at the beginning of November. This 2nd edition has been given a bit of TLC and now has a traditional, cloth bound hardback cover. It's obviously a book that's liked and being well used, so it seemed fitting to make it more of a thing of substance.

There's more information about the book at Northern Edge Books. And from where you can also order a copy of the 2nd edition in advance.

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