The final week of my Scottish winter season involved lots of different groups (and weather). Starting out east I had a day winter climbing with Russ for Cairngorm Adventure Guides. Marching up into Coire an t-Sneachda out of the cloud inversion was spectacular and Aladdins gav e a great introduction to the vertical winter world. Topping out into the sunshine the obvious descent was over the top of Cairngorm to delay our inevitable descent back into the cloud for as long as possible.
Next up was a weekend of winter mountaineering with Justin. Once again thick cloud was blanketing Fort William but up on the Ben it was blue skies and zero wind. We popped into the sunlight at the CIC hut and a full days climbing up Ledge Route and around the CMD arete was just about perfect. The next day was nearly as good and we made a quick ascent of Stob Coire Nan Lochan and Bidean nan Bam descending by the Lost Valley. It had taken Justin 4 attempts to tick this Munro but it was worth the wait.
My final couple of days were out with a team of sport scientists from Leeds Beckett University. They're undertaking high altitude research on some willing volunteers from the "British Services Dhaulagiri Medical Research Expedition 2016" We looked at winter and general expedition skills while climbing both the Ben and Buachaille with a couple of hours of heavy rain bringing my season to a traditional close!
A harrowing film from Discovery Channel on the tragic events on Everest this spring. My Everest Sirdar and a good friend Dorje Khatri was one of those killed. This year he was the Sirdar for Joby Ogwen who was attempting to base jump from the summit for a live Discovery broadcast. Huge thanks to everyone who went and got him and returned him to his family. Honored to have provided some of the images of Dorje for this feature.
I've spent the last month in Nepal's Gokyo Valley running mountain safety for a BBC Natural History shoot. Our focus for the forthcoming One Planet series was the Himalayan Jumping Spider.