First Pinnacle Rib Tryfan.

After the wettest June and July that anyone can remember the sun finally came out in the last few days of July.

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Benighted on the Ben.

It was early January when six of us travelled up to Scotland in Mark’s Sherpa van. Arriving in Glencoe in the early hours we crept into the bunkhouse at the Kingshouse and collapsed on the floor, intending to make an early start. Inevitably we overslept but we still managed ...

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Left Fork of Crowberry Gully.

It was the end of February and the weather had been superb for weeks (if you wanted to go Winter climbing). Taking advantage of these all too rare conditions we were off to Scotland for a week, but there was a slight problem since one member of the team had ...

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Route Major, Mont Blanc.

The Summer of 1986 was a good one in the Alps, with a long period of settled weather early in the season. I was camping at Pierre d’Orthaz opposite to the infamous Snell’s Field. Unlike Snell’s, Pierre d’Orthaz has the advantage of being legal and thus ...

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Snells Field Chamonix.

For many years impecunious British Alpinists camped on this field just outside Chamonix. It wasn't an official site. The field was owned by M. Snell, who owned the Snell Sport shop in Chamonix. From time to time the Gendarmerie would raid the site and move people on. For a ...

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The Devil's Kitchen Cwm Idwal.

It was one weekend early in February and I had driven over to Wales alone since I was intending to stay for a week and I had arranged to meet Dave in the Glan Aber Hotel in Betwys y Coed. Arriving at the pub at about 10 o’clock with ...

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The Stiperstones.


Western Gully, Black Ladders.

"This is going to be a straight forward climb with no epics or benightments. I’ve done the route before, it’s grade IV and we are going to make a really early start, so there is no chance of getting benighted." Knowing grins were exchanged by the others.

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Zero and Point Five Gullies Ben Nevis.

When I first started climbing Zero and Point Five gullies were still regarded as serious and committing climbs and still had relatively few ascents. However, by the early 1980's they were being climbed regularly.

I climbed Point Five with Marian and Pippa from Sheffield. I was staying at the ...

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