The first extensive snows of the season arrived in Scotland on the 25th November. They promptly briefly disappeared again but things are now looking a lot more wintery with snow down to 600m on the west coast. Darth Vader VII 8 on the Ben was climbed on the 27th and the last day of November was very productive in the Northern Corries. Stirling Bomber V 7, Fingers Ridge IV 4, Genie V 7, Fall Out Corner VI 7, Third Man V 6 and Overseer Direct V 6 all saw ascents from strong teams.
With the first significant snowfalls reported in Scotland we're gearing up for the winter season. I'll be out and about from the 2nd January to the end of March for winter skills, mountaineering, winter climbing and expedition training. Please have a look at www.mountain-zac.co.uk if you are interested in any instruction or guiding this winter. I'll also be keeping my usual blog updated with reports of conditions and recent ascents. Please enjoy the images from the last couple of incredible seasons and I'll see you on the hill.
Today I've been lecturing on the demands of climbing at altitude at the University of Cumbria. As part of their Human Performance module the Outdoor Studies students are spending a few weeks looking at operating in extreme environments. Plenty of interest and there's certainly a few folk who'll be heading high for their next trip.
I've just returned from a stunning trek in the foothills of Nanda Devi & Panch Chuli in the Indian Himalaya. Just a few of the photos of this amazing and very quiet region. In two weeks we didn't see another trekker.