Wild weather is battering Lochaber today, with summit winds forecast to gust 100mph on the highest peaks and sleet falling at around 800m its not exactly prime winter conditions just yet. I did manage to utilise a small break in the weather yesterday and walked up Sron a’Choire Ghairbh 937m which sits above Loch Lochy to the North East of Spean Bridge. It was pretty windy on the summit but the rain stayed off for most of the day as the freezing level rose well above the summits.

Sron a'Choire Ghairbh 937m

The summit of Sron a’Choire Ghairbh 937m

As the Ice Factor remains closed training facilities are limited to a couple of small personal walls around Fort William. I managed to construct a good training wall at home which is helping to regain strength after my long lay off. Ken and I also got the opportunity to have a look around the new climbing wall expected to open in Fort William next Spring. Olly from Three Wise Monkeys was good enough to spare some time to do this, as his business is looking for potential investors to ensure it opens on schedule. This wall will be a very welcome addition to Fort William, both for tourism and for climbers in the local area. It might even make an indoor climber out of me – ‘might’…….

Conditions wise; the end of the week is looking much more promising as winds begin to settle and the freezing level expected to drop right down for a short period over the weekend. After several false starts recently, I will certainly be aiming to get out and enjoy some winter climbing this weekend.