NEWS: UKC Winter Reports

We are very pleased at to announce an improvement to our winter conditions coverage over the next few months. We have negotiated with several top guides who are going to work with us to deliver up-to-date conditions reports direct to These guides are in the hills most days and have extensive experience at winter climbing and mountaineering.The reports will consist of occasional forecasts and some post trip reports posted onto the Winter Climbing Forum. They will be posted according to the conditions so if you don't see them, then you can assume that the crags aren't in 'nick'. In the past, condition reporting on UKC has been sporadic and inconsistent. This new set-up should enable us to have reliable and regular reports to all the key areas from people in the know. We would still welcome trip reports from other UKC users, but please post them on the appropriate conditions thread. If there isn't a thread, then start one. Please make these extra reports self-contained with no link-backs to blogs. If you are a guide then please contact us first.Winter Conditions PageWe have also set up a new Winter Conditions Page (see right). This page gathers all the winter routes reported on UKC Logbooks over the preceding 4 days and collates them into a useful list. There is also a clickable map showing the locations of the crags which the routes ticked are on. Other features include a summary of all the Winter Forum threads reporting on conditions, including the new 'official' threads from our Area Correspondents. There are also some useful weather links and a set of the most recently taken winter photos that have been uploaded.If you have any comments on this new page then please let us know via this thread.

The Area CorrespondentsBen Nevis – Mike Pescod (IFMGA)Mike will be covering the Ben Nevis area.Mike is a Mountain Guide and Mountaineering Instructor running Abacus Mountaineering. He has been instructing and guiding in Britain and abroad for 15 years. He has lived in Fort William, Scotland for thirteen years where he has climbed extensively and put up new climbs in summer and winter on his days off! Scottish Winter Climbing is his strength but he has made very successful expeditions to Caucasus, Tadjikistan, East Africa and the European Alps. Mike's web site – www.abacusmountaineering.comUKC Profile
Sandy Paterson (MIC)Sandy is going to be reporting on Aonach Mor.Sandy Paterson runs hillwalking, navigation, scrambling, rock climbing, winter skills and ice climbing courses in the Cairngorms as well as all over Scotland – and often venture further afield in the UK, as well as offering instruction and guiding in wintry Norway and sunny Spain.Sandy's web site – Profile
Mike LatesMike will be covering the winter and summer conditions on Skye for the next 12 months.Mike Lates is the owner and coordinator of Skye Guides. He started guiding in the 1995 and he has developed an unrivalled reputation for providing Cuillin outings of the highest quality. Mike is currently rewriting the Cuillin section of the guidebook to rock and ice climbs on Skye for the Scottish Mountaineering Club. Very few people have ever had such an intimate knowledge of the Cuillin. Abroad Mike favours the High Tatra mountains in Slovakia. He has made ascents of many Alps including the Matterhorn and Eiger.Mike's web site – Profile
Ron Walker (MIC)Ron will be giving us condition reports for the Cairngorm area.For more than 30 years Ron has walked, climbed and skied in Scotland, the Alps and the Himalayas. He is a full-time UK and International Mountain Leader (IML) and qualified Mountaineering Instructor (MIC). He is also a qualified ski instructor and a full Member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI).Ron's web site – Profile
Dan GoodwinDan will be providing general forecasts of conditions each Friday from January, plus he will be writing an couple of articles summing up the activity.Dan has spent seven season's winter climbing, mountaineering and working. He also has extensive experience in the Alps, the Ecrins, the Italian Dolomites, Swiss Urner and Oberland Alps and also the Austrian Venedigar, Otztal, and Stubai Alps.Dan Currently holds the MIA and winter ML and has completed his MIC training and will be completing the assesment in due course.Dan's web site – mountainplan.comUKC Profile

Other AreasThere are still several areas which would would love to have reports for. If you are a Guide who wishes to supply reports then please get in touch with us via the contact form. Most notable areas missing at the moment are Glen Coe and Craig Meagaidh but if the winter is a good one then we will also probably need reports for the Lakes, Wales and Torridon. Diesen Artikel inkl. Bilder auf anschauen