The winter weather of 2015/16 will certainly be a remembered; although I fear, for the wrong reasons. So far this season we have struggled to maintain a consistent snowpack for snow sports. Any success has revolved around mixed climbing (snowed up rock climbing) with little in the way of descent ice conditions. The winds have also been ferocious with recorded … Continue reading
2015 Spring / Summer season has been a frustrating one for me. The main factor in this frustration has been a long standing injury preventing me from doing any real rock climbing. Considering last year was my best year on rock to date, this came as a real blow to the system both physically and psychologically. I have written about … Continue reading
The fourth of our Breo Heroes facing interrogation is Steve Holmes. Steve is a qualified mountaineering instructor based in Fort William, Scotland where he runs the mountain guiding company Vertical Fever.
How long have you been climbing?
I was brought up close to the Lake District and so my parents took me hill walking at a very early age, I then started to climb rock and ice about 14 years ago.
Our latest Gear Check blog post comes from our latest Breo Hero, Steve Holmes. Steve is a qualified Mountaineering Instructor who runs the professional mountain guiding company Vertical Fever from his base in Fort William, Scotland.
Read on for a detailed breakdown of his kit.
What is in my SCOTTISH WINTER CLIMBING bag……
There is a unique Winter scene in Scotland where budding climbers attempt to scale classic and modern routes up the side of mountains in any conditions the weather throws at us. It takes a certain type of person; someone willing to get up in freezing conditions, often in the dead of the night to literally torture themselves in horrendous weather just to climb a mountain. OK, it isn’t always so bad, we are occasionally blessed with bright blue skies and crisp fluffy snow to play in – a rarity admittedly!
So winter has officially arrived in the Highlands. Traditionally snow engulfs the mountains in November and occasionally before Halloween but this year has been a somewhat leisurely start to the season. The want to swing an ice axe only gets worse when you can see a snow capped Ben Nevis from your back door but the ferocious gale force winds … Continue reading
I’m not sure sport climbing and Scotland are two things that are immediate obvious matches when you mention either in conversation, however, from my perspective, they are a match made in heaven! Sport climbing in Scotland is relatively young – say, twenty years or so. The tradition has always been to make use of the more adventurous mountains, crags and … Continue reading