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Winter Climbs: Ben Nevis and Glen Coe

Selected snow, ice and mixed routes in a two-volume set

A selection of hundreds of the best winter climbs on Ben Nevis and in the Glen Coe area, categorised by type, from straightforward Grade I snow gullies and ridges through to extreme test pieces above Grade VIII. Includes notes on their formation and advice to help maximise your chances of finding the best conditions.


February and March are the most reliable months for winter climbing, but there is often climbing from December to April.


Fort William and Glen Coe are the main centres to base yourself for climbing.


Winter climbing is particularly demanding on fitness and specific skills. These volumes include a wide range of climbs, from straightforward grade I snow gullies and ridges through to extreme test pieces above grade VIII.

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Ben Nevis and Glen Coe remain at the forefront of Scottish winter climbing and hold their place on the world stage of climbing. The classic climbs are highly regarded objectives. This selection of the best climbs across the area is enough to offer any climber a lifetime of inspiration.

This eighth edition of Cicerone's classic guide is the first guide to categorise every climb and to describe in detail how they form, in order to help climbers choose the best route and judge the climbing conditions. Being in the right place at the right time is a major part of winter climbing and this book will guide you through the decision-making process to make more expeditions successful.

With snow, ice and mixed routes ranging from grade I introductory ascents to extreme test pieces - including the hardest traditional winter climb in the world - there are routes to suit all abilities and preferences, plus advice to help you select an appropriate route for the prevailing conditions.

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By Mike Pescod

Having climbed on Ben Nevis and in Glen Coe for fifteen years, Mike Pescod has an in depth knowledge of the climbs, the weather and the conditions you can experience here. Working full time as a mountain guide here for ten years, Mike has been on Ben Nevis over a thousand times and regularly spends up to a hundred days climbing each winter both professionally and recreationally.Mike has been on climbing trips right across Europe as well as to Russia, Tajikistan, Nepal, East Africa and Peru but it is the unique quality of the climbing in Scotland that gives him the most enjoyment and satisfaction.With his wife, Louise, he runs a mountain guiding and instruction company and has every intention of climbing in the hills here for many years to come.

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