Richard Bentley lives and breathes Ben Nevis, running winter guiding, winter climbing, and ice climbing courses from his base in Fort William. This is alongside assessing summer and winter mountain leader courses year-round. Few know the routes on the Ben as well as him. Through the winter he runs training days with fellow mountaineering instructors, a vital part of which is considering the avalanche issues that can affect Ben Nevis. Here Richard give us some insight into the workshops he runs and an idea of some of the advanced challenges of route selecting you can face on this iconic mountain.
Last Thursday Greg Boswell and Guy Robertson made a first ascent of the six-pitch ‘Holy Grail’ on Slime Wall, Buachaille Etive Mor in Gencoe. They followed 2 pitches of Raven’s Gully before establishing a new line directly up the face and through the roof of the Great Cave. The Scarpa pair were ecstatic with what was a successful attempt on a long considered route. The icing on the cake was experiencing some of the best winter conditions a mountaineer can hope for in Scotland!
After an eventful year climbing in Switzerland, Alaska, and Canada; prolific winter climber and Scarpa Athlete Greg Boswell sits down to talk to us about the upcoming Scottish winter climbing season. He discusses spotting unclimbed lines and offers a couple of tips for seasoned mountaineers and beginners alike.
Scarpa Athlete Di Gilbert has spent 17 weeks this year living at high altitude, working as an expedition leader and guide. She has worked on 3 expeditions in the Himalayas; Cho Oyu (8201m), Manaslu (8163m) and Himlung Himal (7216m). This is Di’s story from her time in Asia and her review of the Zodiac approach shoes along with the Phantom 6000 and 8000 boots.
During this difficult time our thoughts go first to Ueli Steck’s family and closest friends. However, because Ueli was also an athlete and collaborator who worked with us since the beginning of his career as a climber, we at SCARPA feel compelled to offer our own tribute to this unique and talented person.
As Winter comes to a close in Europe, many Mountaineers and Alpinists make the pilgrimage to Alaska. This month, Scarpa UK team members Greg Boswell, Will Sim and Paul Prentice will be flying to Anchorage with the aim of some new routing, Alaskan style!
Some Scottish winter climbing routes get big reputations: they’re hard, bold or unrepeated. Sometimes they’re the routes everyone falls off, the one where everyone gets lost, the looked at but not climbed, the tried but unfinished and, of course, the one with a formidable name.
10 Top Tips to Improve Your Boot Fitting Experience
Scarpa pro skier Ross Hewitt talks through his top 10 tips to improve your ski boot fitting and help ensure you get a perfect fit for your skiing needs.
Will is maybe the most experienced alpinist of his age in the country. In this blog post Will describes his journey to becoming a guide, and what he has learnt in his time guiding clients in the alps.