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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 learn how to do stuff in the Scottish mountains, just get in touch. I'm available to instruct or guide on a daily basis throughout the winter and still have free dates in late Jan and in Feb.

I'm happy to arrange winter skills training for individuals, groups of friends or university/climbing clubs. I can also provide a guided days out on any winter Munro or classic winter ridge. There's more info on the mountain skills page.

Winter climbing instruction is available for both beginners and climbers wanting further skills. Guided winter climbing can be arranged anywhere in the Highlands. There's further info on the winter climbing page. For a no obligation chat to find out what's possible, just give me a call or drop me an email. You'll find prices on the bookings page.


New winter book  Scotland's Winter Mountains with one axe. 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's available now from certain independent bookshops and 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 the Welsh mountains.

Beyond all expectations the current print run has sold out. Given that the guide is being well used, a new 2nd edition has been made into something more substantial. As far as possible, the construction copies that of the classic Welsh guidebooks of the 1930s a traditional cloth-bound cover and thick end papers give the book some strength. A thin polymer laminate over the cloth is a modern addition, to stop the white cover from picking up any shite.

The printing and binding were both done in Wales. The cloth came from Italy though, to get a match on the weave used on the early guidebooks - total bookmaking geekery. There's more information about the book at Northern Edge Books.


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