The white stuff has landed!

The white stuff has landed!

As I write this post snow is falling on Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor. Autumn has truly taken hold on the West Coast of Scotland, it isn’t cold but super windy. Last Saturday night the weather gods mixed in a bit of thunder and lightening for our night time ascent of Ben Nevis making for a pretty wicked walk up the hill. Driving rain didn’t stop my 3 Peak Challengers though even if it did feel like we were being exfoliated at times! I was working for Abacus Mountain Guides.

Sums it up - night walk up Ben Nevis in tricky conditions

Sums it up – night walk up Ben Nevis in tricky conditions

With rock climbing out the window for the time being attention has turned to training for winter. Dusting off the tools and putting some mileage into the arms has been fun. I have recently experienced the ‘Pain Cave’ with the lads and also made use of a good session down the Ice Factor. As I haven’t (until now) specifically trained for winter climbing I hope the effort will pay off when the white stuff truly arrives.

Kev training at the Ice Factor Photo: Insidethelens)

Kev training at the Ice Factor Photo: Insidethelens)

Dry tool training

Dry tool training

Kev dishing the pain to Dave via the b*****d stick

Kev dishing the pain to Dave via the b*****d stick