What's So Special About The Black Cuillin Of Skye?

What's So Special About The Black Cuillin Of Skye?

Well, how long have you got? This paragraph from the introduction of the Skye & The Hebrides guidebook sums it up: If you love mountains then you will almost certainly love the Cuillin. A marriage between rock, water and sky, these are mountains unique in their ambience and configuration. A classic and near perfect horseshoe provides the finest ridge traverse in Britain, whose flanks give a host of climbs on some of the finest rock imagineable.

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So What’s It Really Like to Be Guided Up the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc?

So What’s It Really Like to Be Guided Up the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc?

Wendy Dodds has featured in a few of our blog posts over the last year. In July 2017 she booked some time with Chris, hoping to climbing the Matterhorn. In January 2018 we interviewed here for our Who Needs A Mountain Guide? series, and she also got a mention in last week’s blog post, Don’t You Just Love It When a Plan Works Out? This summer she booked a ten day slot with nine guided days, with the aim of revisiting her aim of climbing the Matterhorn, after her hopes were dashed in 2017 by an injury during the preparation days. Oh, and maybe Mont Blanc as a bonus - not a bad aim for a woman in her 60's. This is Wendy’s account of the two summits in her own words.

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Don't You Love It When A Plan Works Out?

Don't You Love It When A Plan Works Out?

Every Alpine season is different - different clients with different aspirations, different weather, different conditions. We always start off with a plan (despite what Eisenhower said) but always with the attitude that no plan survives contact with the enemy. Some years we don't achieve any of our major goals, and some years we tick them all off. This summer was an all-round success, with two Matterhorn ascents and one Mont Blanc ascent, plus numerous other lesser summits in just four weeks. 

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A Dutchman's Eye View of the Mountain Leader Training Course

A Dutchman's Eye View of the Mountain Leader Training Course

The majority of the candidates on our Mountain Leader courses are from the UK, but we recently had the pleasure of welcoming our first person from the Netherlands. Christophe Laseur completed our Mountain Leader training course on 19th-24th March 2018. He has his own blog where he documents his Alpine experiences, and also his journey towards completing the International Mountain Leader qualification.

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