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Paul on the steep main pitch of
'Royal Pardon' on Aonach Beag.
Pimp Hey approaching Bruach na Frithe
at the northern end of the Cullin Ridge,
Isle of Skye.
Dave crossing the summit plateau of Tom na Gruagaich,
surrounded by the vast expanse of the Torridonian mountains.
North West Scotland.

Scotland winter 2019  If you're considering 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 Munros 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.

Rock Climbing Courses in North Wales 2018  I'm available for climbing instruction and guided days out throughout late summer and for most of the autumn. To arrange something, 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 book  Scotland's Winter Mountains with one axe. I spent a substantial part of last year sat in front of a screen 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 (the nice people at 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). There's more information about the book at Northern Edge Books.

Blog  I wish I had the dedication to write a blog, or to be honest I just lack the fast literary skills that would make it anything worth bookmarking. I have got a Twitter account though, as 280 characters isn't too taxing.

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