Mountain guiding, skills training and climbing instruction in Scotland's Far North. Qualified mountain leader (summer) and SPA based in the Northern Highlands of Scotland, offering guided mountain trips, skill courses and climbing instruction.
Member of the Mountain Training Association and holder of a current Outdoor Emergency First Aid Certificate.
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It was great to be working with Timespan Museum and Arts Centre over the weekend for their Practicing Deep Time conference. A really enjoyable weekend with lots of interesting contributions and I enjoyed the opportunity to revisit my Central Sutherland Crater Walk which I was just finishing this time last year! It was also good to visit Altnabreac & RSPB Forsinard with The Flow Country and see some of their ongoing peatland restoration work. I finished my trip north yesterday with a quick run up Ben Griam Mor, a super wee hill in north Sutherland that gives an amazing overview of the flows - see the panorama below! #DeepTime
A great couple of days in the hills on Thursday & Sunday, firstly visiting a warm and thawing Cairngorm plateau, then the Eastern Munros of the Fannaichs where the winter was still very much in control!
Join me & Caithness Wildlife Tours on the 7th August for a days guided hillwalk and wildlife tour up Ben Hope, Scotland's most northerly Munro. The walk offers the chance to see the spectacular views from the hill, which on a clear day stretch as far as the Orkney Isles, as well as the possibility of encountering some of Scotland's most iconic wildlife, including red deer, ptarmigan, mountain hare, and maybe a golden eagle. There might even be a stop at Dun Dornaigil broch if time permits! The walk costs £80 per person. To book or find out more visit: http://www.kingmountaineering.co.uk/upcoming-events/ben-hope-walk-wildlife/
It’s been quite a winter so far and, with the cold temperatures and snow looking to be hanging around a bit longer yet, now is a great time to get out there and enjoy the hills with their winter coat on! I have some availability to run winter skills courses or guided winter hillwalks up until early April. Winter skills courses will cover essential winter skills including using ice axe and crampons and improving your avalanche awareness. For further details check out my website - http://www.kingmountaineering.co.uk/winter-skills/. A 10% discount is available on any midweek bookings.
Some amazing photographs of Scotland's mountains including a few places I'll be leading trips this year...
I was out leading a guided hillwalking and winter skills trip for Steven Fallon Mountain Guiding in Kintail last week in some super winter conditions. My blog and some pics are now up...http://www.stevenfallon.co.uk/blog/2018-02-25-glen-shiel.html
Quite a view to accompany lunch today! This was looking northwest to Torridon, Fisherfield & the Fannaichs from the summit of Bac an Eich in Strathconon.
A busy weekend of winter skills courses for Steven Fallon Mountain Guiding last weekend around Cairngorm and Bridge of Orchy. See below for my write-up of the weekend and some pics!
The amazing winter continues. Up on Ben More Assynt & Conival yesterday. Calm, clear, cold & snowy with the hills to ourselves. Just brilliant! Lots of surface hoar crystals on the snow too (pic 3). Lovely to look at but potentially quite risky from an avalanche hazard point of view if snow falls on top of them.
Ben More Coigach from Loch Cul Dromannan early this morning.
Ever wanted to watch the sunset over the west coast from the summit of Scotland’s remotest mountains? Join me in for a trip to Fisherfield on the 22nd-24th June where, if the weather's on our side, we'll get to do just that! The aim of this trip is to summit all 5 of the Fishefield Munros over the course of a 3 day wild-camping trip. The picture below is sunset over Gorm Loch Mor and the northwest coast in early May 2016. More info can be found at: http://www.kingmountaineering.co.uk/upcoming-events/fisherfield-five/