50 Routes for a Successful Scottish Winter


Chasing the Ephemeral Book CoverDo you go high or low, head east, west or north, or attempt snowed-up rock, mixed or ice climbs?

In Chasing the Ephemeral, Simon Richardson offers a detailed analysis of the strategy and tactics Scottish Winter Climbers need to be in the right place at the right time, taking into account Scotland’s sometimes fickle conditions and unpredictable weather.

With more than 600 new Scottish Winter Climbs to his credit, Simon reveals his simple strategy for success and selects 50 climbs mostly in the Grade III to VI range, to put on your hit list.

Each climb is supported by a map and topo, with access and descent details, route description, optimum conditions and top tips.

Climbs include well-known classics and lesser-known gems, all specifically selected to match a variety of Scottish conditions. Suggestions for more than 200 alternative routes from Grade II to Grade VII.

Sections on using weather forecasts, using the internet, avoiding avalanches, clothing and equipment, protection, navigation, timing, partners and psychology.

Detailed overview of approaches and descents on Ben Nevis with North Face panorama and map and summit descent bearings. The largest ever collection of photographs of Scottish Winter Climbers in action.


The book retails at £25, but you can buy it here for £22 including post and packing to the UK.
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