Aspect Mountaineering

Are you ready for your next adventure? As mountain guides we know that heading off into the outdoors is one of life’s simple pleasures and we are here to help you achieve your outdoor ambitions. So why not join us for one of our events, we have lots going on across all the major mountain ranges of Britain as well as other activities that will be of interest to all outdoor enthusiasts. We always aim to provide you with a well organised event so that you can concentrate on enjoying what we hope will be a memorable and positive experience in the outdoors. Take a look at our events sections to see what’s coming up, however, feel free to get in touch with us directly if you would like us to create a bespoke event for you or a group. Maybe you would like some help realising one of your goals such as walking a long distant classic like the west highland way, scrambling the classic routes of Curved Ridge and the Aonach Eagach in Glencoe or heading deep into the Cairngorm mountains to tick off some of the classic peaks of this this iconic range with an overnight camp, bivvy or bothy along the way. Whatever you have in mind get in touch using the contact form or contact details at the bottom of each page.

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Scrambling

Scrambling lies somewhere between hill walking and climbing, you’ll need to get your hands dirty in order to stay safe and make upward progression. However, other than a sure foot and a head for heights there is nothing to stop you taking part in a truly breath-taking and exhilarating experience. Scrambling can take you off the beaten track in no time at-all to the wildest of situations with some of the best views on offer in the mountains.

Navigation

Aspect Mountaineering is pleased to be able to offer you courses certified by the National Navigation Award Scheme. The overall aim of the courses are simple – to give lovers of the outdoors, whatever their sport, age or fitness, the freedom to explore the paths, trails, hills and mountains of Britain and abroad. Gaining an award does not give you a qualification to teach or lead. It is a recognition of the level of skill at which you can navigate.

Hill Walking

Hill walking in all its guises is to be enjoyed and cherished. Rugged Mountain tops with rocky, knife edge ridges, rolling hills with panoramic vistas, cliff top coastal paths with views across the ocean to gentle strolls through high mountain glens full of flowers and fauna. We love it all here at Aspect Mountaineering and are happy to offer wide and varied routes to be enjoyed by all. John Muir put it best when he said: “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
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What our clients say

A huge thank you to Andy for taking us safely to the top of Ben Nevis and bringing us back down again during our Moonlight hike with Macmillan cancer support. What an amazing guy with a huge knowledge of his surroundings. Would highly recommend Andy to anyone who is looking for support or a guide around any of our beautiful mountains x
June Williams Kent Foods, Macmillan midnight walk on Ben Nevis
Had a fabulous trek up Ben Nevis with Andrew, we were a bunch of novices, but with help and guidance we made it!! A beautiful sunny day helped, Andrew had so much knowledge on all the views an awesome day – thank you.
Ali Richards Private guided day on Ben Nevis
Thanks again to Andy for all the help on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge. He was professional, patient and good fun and really added to the day. I would definitely ask Andy to guide us on any future trips.
Paul Robinson Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge
Andrew was a wonderful guide! Transported us to the start and motivated us to the top of Ben Nevis. He made this a truly great adventure! Highly recommend.
Sam Wilmott Private guided day on Ben Nevis
Andrew was an absolute gentleman! A great guide with lots of knowledge and a chipper attitude who kept motivating us to keep putting one foot in front of the other. He made us feel safe and gave me his coat at the top of Ben Nevis!!! Thank you for a great and challenging experience
Corazon Slater BBC Radio, Children In Need
Lovely to spend the day with Andy climbing Ben Nevis.Thanks for being a great guide with the right level of reassurance when needed. Glad you met Pudsey Bear too!
Charlie Partridge BBC Radio, Children In Need

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So far during the month of June these posts have looked at some of the many classic ridge walks and scrambles here in Scotland.

Almost one year ago, July 7th 2019 and what a day... I can honestly not think of any other place I would rather be right now than Skye and The Cuillin! 🙂

The weather was perfect for this classic round of scrambling taking in Sgurr nan Eag, Sgurr Dubh Mor and the highest peak within the Cuillin, Sgurr Alasdair.

Starting from Glen Brittle this classic round winds its way into Coire a' Ghrunnda. Once you reach the loch, stop and take the time to survey your surroundings, it is an incredible imposing landscape.

Continue with care onto the summit of Sgurr nan Eag, from here on a clear day you can see the entire of the Cuillin ridge. Re-trace your steps and then continue to Sgurr Dubh an Da Bheinn a munro top.

From Sgurr Dubh an Da Bheinn descend towards Sgurr Dubh Mor, be aware the route is not easy to find and care will be required to find the correct route to the summit of Sgurr Dubh Mor.

Return to Sgurr Dubh an Da Bheinn, again good route finding skills will be required. Descend and cross the scree towards Sgurr Alasdair. The route to Sgurr Alasdair is not obvious, good route finding skills is required and it does involve some serious scrambling.

Once you reach the summit of Sgurr Alasdair, take a deep breath and admire the view, it is truly spectacular view point. Again the descent from Sgurr Alasdair towards the Great Stone Chute involves good route finding skills. Descend the Great Stone Chute with care down into Coire Lagan.

This is a truly memorable outing that involves some serious scrambling, good route finding and head for exposure! All detailed in the SMC, Skye Scrambles Guide or the new Cicerone Guide to Skye's Cuillin Ridge Traverse by Adrian Trendal.

Enjoy the photographs, Andy 27th June 2020 🙂
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So far during the month of June these posts have looked at some of the many classic ridge walks and scrambles here in Scotland.

Almost one year ago, July 7th 2019 and what a day... I can honestly not think of any other place I would rather be right now than Skye and The Cuillin! :-)

The weather was perfect for this classic round of scrambling taking in Sgurr nan Eag, Sgurr Dubh Mor and the highest peak within the Cuillin, Sgurr Alasdair.

Starting from Glen Brittle this classic round winds its way into Coire a Ghrunnda. Once you reach the loch, stop and take the time to survey your surroundings, it is an incredible imposing landscape.

Continue with care onto the summit of Sgurr nan Eag, from here on a clear day you can see the entire of the Cuillin ridge. Re-trace your steps and then continue to Sgurr Dubh an Da Bheinn a munro top.

From Sgurr Dubh an Da Bheinn descend towards Sgurr Dubh Mor, be aware the route is not easy to find and care will be required to find the correct route to the summit of Sgurr Dubh Mor.

Return to Sgurr Dubh an Da Bheinn, again good route finding skills will be required. Descend and cross the scree towards Sgurr Alasdair. The route to Sgurr Alasdair is not obvious, good route finding skills is required and it does involve some serious scrambling. 

Once you reach the summit of Sgurr Alasdair, take a deep breath and admire the view, it is truly spectacular view point. Again the descent from Sgurr Alasdair towards the Great Stone Chute involves good route finding skills. Descend the Great Stone Chute with care down into Coire Lagan. 

This is a truly memorable outing that involves some serious scrambling, good route finding and head for exposure! All detailed in the SMC, Skye Scrambles Guide or the new Cicerone Guide to Skyes Cuillin Ridge Traverse by Adrian Trendal.

Enjoy the photographs, Andy 27th June 2020 :-)

 

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More excellent pics of a cracking day and capions as well, always rains when I'm on Skye.👍

I remember this day as I wandered past you both

April 2015 and similar to April 2020 Scotland was enjoying some fantastic weather.

It would be rude not to include possibly one of the classic ridge walks of Scotland, The Aonach Eagach. Made up of Meall Dearg & Sgorr nam Fiannaidh two fine Munros. Technical in places with just the right of amount of exposure to make this an unforgettable experience that will live you for a life time.

I have completed this ridge now on numerous occasions, summer & winter, in pouring rain, gale force winds with zero visibility and seldom seen views like the views I enjoyed on the 18th April 2015.

These pictures say it all, I hope you enjoy them... Andy, 24th June 2020 🙂
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April 2015 and similar to April 2020 Scotland was enjoying some fantastic weather. 

It would be rude not to include possibly one of the classic ridge walks of Scotland, The Aonach Eagach. Made up of Meall Dearg & Sgorr nam Fiannaidh two fine Munros. Technical in places with just the right of amount of exposure to make this an unforgettable experience that will live you for a life time.

I have completed this ridge now on numerous occasions, summer & winter, in pouring rain, gale force winds with zero visibility and seldom seen views like the views I enjoyed on the 18th April 2015.

These pictures say it all, I hope you enjoy them... Andy, 24th June 2020 :-)

 

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Wonderful pics, bring back happy and exhilarating memories.

Looking forward to this.... Canny wait...! 😁No news yet. We just wanted to let you know that we still do not have any firm indication of when we will be able to reopen. We are hoping for July, but that is based on pure optimism. In the meantime, we have been re-setting, working on capacity planning, social distancing and getting everything ship-shape so that we can open promptly - as soon as the government will allow. We will shortly be sharing new protocols that all of our visitors must adhere to. They will be sent via email to members and shared on social media, so please keep an eye out for that. We miss you. ... See MoreSee Less

Looking forward to this.... Canny wait...! 😁

Back to Kintail and another classic ridge walk, Beinn Fhada, via Bealach an t-Sealgaire (The Hunter's Pass) a classic grade 1 scramble detailed in the latest Scottish Mountaineering Club guide book, Highland Scrambles North.

As usual it was blowing a hoolie on the 13th February 2016 when I completed this walk. The snow and ice was been ripped up by the wind and blown across the ridge at around 60 mph! Later in the day when I reached the plateau it looked almost like mini tornado's blowing across the plateau when it fact it was clouds of spindrift and ice particles.

This route starts from Morvich, the walk in is pleasant. Gain the ridge of Beinn Bhudhe and pass over numerous Corbett tops. Descend from Sgurr a' Choire Ghairbh into the notch of The Hunter's Pass. Great care should be taken especially in winter, it is steep. Continue over Meall an Fhuarain Mhoir a Munro top and then cross the vast plateau to the summit of Beinn Fhada which has a trig point at its summit.

This scramble especially in winter gives a fantastic feeling of remoteness, adventure and a sense of accomplishment. Andy, 21st June 2020 🙂
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Back to Kintail and another classic ridge walk, Beinn Fhada, via Bealach an t-Sealgaire (The Hunters Pass) a classic grade 1 scramble detailed in the latest Scottish Mountaineering Club guide book, Highland Scrambles North.

As usual it was blowing a hoolie on the 13th February 2016 when I completed this walk. The snow and ice was been ripped up by the wind and blown across the ridge at around 60 mph! Later in the day when I reached the plateau it looked almost like mini tornados blowing across the plateau when it fact it was clouds of spindrift and ice particles.

This route starts from Morvich, the walk in is pleasant. Gain the ridge of Beinn Bhudhe and pass over numerous Corbett tops. Descend from Sgurr a Choire Ghairbh into the notch of The Hunters Pass. Great care should be taken especially in winter, it is steep. Continue over Meall an Fhuarain Mhoir a Munro top and then cross the vast plateau to the summit of Beinn Fhada which has a trig point at its summit.

This scramble especially in winter gives a fantastic feeling of remoteness, adventure and a sense of accomplishment. Andy, 21st June 2020 :-)

Glen Strathfarrer, a wild, remote glen that offers some fantastic ridge walking for those seeking solitude. This awesome ridge walk is made up of Sgurr na Ruaidhe, Carn nan Gobhar, Sgurr a' Choire Ghlais and Sgurr Fuar-thuill, four Munros.

This ridge walk has been on my winter "to do" list for many years and on the 26th November 2016 I thought my luck was in and I would achieve a winter tick of this route.

As always the Scottish winter had other ideas, and when I started out, it was looking like one of those days best spent at home under the warmth of a duvet.

It was pouring with rain, blowing an absolute hoolie and I was sinking up to knee deep in bog in places, none the less. I stuck with it, I am glad I did. Towards the end of my day the weather calmed and I enjoyed some spectacular views making all the hard work worth while.

I hope you enjoy the photos from this wild adventure, Andy 18th June 2020 🙂
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Glen Strathfarrer, a wild, remote glen that offers some fantastic ridge walking for those seeking solitude. This awesome ridge walk is made up of Sgurr na Ruaidhe, Carn nan Gobhar, Sgurr a Choire Ghlais and Sgurr Fuar-thuill, four Munros. 

This ridge walk has been on my winter to do list for many years and on the 26th November 2016 I thought my luck was in and I would achieve a winter tick of this route.

As always the Scottish winter had other ideas, and when I started out, it was looking like one of those days best spent at home under the warmth of a duvet.

It was pouring with rain, blowing an absolute hoolie and I was sinking up to knee deep in bog in places, none the less. I stuck with it, I am glad I did. Towards the end of my day the weather calmed and I enjoyed some spectacular views making all the hard work worth while.

I hope you enjoy the photos from this wild adventure, Andy 18th June 2020 :-)
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