(by Allister Gerrard, February 2013)
An ascent of the Cosmiques Arête, Chamonix in March 2012, with Padraic Gibbons and friends. The Cosmiques Arête is a three star classic route, graded AD, one of the finest routes of the grade in the Western Alps.
Author: Allister Gerrard
Carrot Ridge in Connemara
Scottish Winter Climbing
(by Allister Gerrard, from IMC Newsletter Spring 2012)
I have been going to Scotland for a number of years, winter mountaineering and climbing. It takes a bit of forward planning and organising to get there, finding suitable accommodation and of course deciding on the areas and routes to walk and climb in the Scottish highlands in winter. Here are a few of the lower-grade, easier, Scottish winter climbs I have had experience of doing, and recommend.