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Windslab Wall

January 2007 It’s my first trip to Glen Coe and I’m planning my first winter climb. Conditions are terrible, but I’m twenty years old and don’t know any better. What could possibly go wrong? My tent is flooded. I arrived at the Red Squirrel campsite late

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Sad news from Glen Coe – and some perspective

On Saturday, two climbers were found dead, still roped together, on Stob Coire nam Beith in Glen Coe. Tragedies like this happen every year, and the Bidean massif seems to cause more than its fair share of accidents. Back in 2013 an unfortunate run of incidents caused the British press

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The magic of early winter in the Highlands

Exactly five years ago I was standing on a mountain ridge in Glencoe, spindrift blasting in my face and rejoicing in my first winter climb of the 2008/2009 Scottish winter season. It was an exciting time for me. I’d moved to the Clachaig Inn about a month earlier