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A Wild Winter Breo Blog

February 09, 2016 2 min read

The winter weather of 2015/16 will certainly be a remembered; although I fear, for the wrong reasons. So far this season we have struggled to maintain a consistent snowpack for snow sports. Any success has revolved around mixed climbing (snowed up rock climbing) with little in the way of descent ice conditions. The winds have also been ferocious with recorded … Continue reading
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A Look Back On The Spring/Summer 2015 Season

October 20, 2015 2 min read

2015 Spring / Summer season has been a frustrating one for me. The main factor in this frustration has been a long standing injury preventing me from doing any real rock climbing. Considering last year was my best year on rock to date, this came as a real blow to the system both physically and psychologically. I have written about … Continue reading
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Breo Hero Q&A: Steve Holmes

May 26, 2015 3 min read

The fourth of our Breo Heroes facing interrogation is Steve Holmes. Steve is a qualified mountaineering instructor based in Fort William, Scotland where he runs the mountain guiding company Vertical Fever.

How long have you been climbing?

I was brought up close to the Lake District and so my parents took me hill walking at a very early age, I then started to climb rock and ice about 14 years ago.

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Gear Check : Steve Holmes

January 15, 2015 9 min read

Our latest Gear Check blog post comes from our latest Breo Hero, Steve Holmes. Steve is a qualified Mountaineering Instructor who runs the professional mountain guiding company Vertical Fever from his base in Fort William, Scotland.

Read on for a detailed breakdown of his kit.


There is a unique Winter scene in Scotland where budding climbers attempt to scale classic and modern routes up the side of mountains in any conditions the weather throws at us. It takes a certain type of person; someone willing to get up in freezing conditions, often in the dead of the night to literally torture themselves in horrendous weather just to climb a mountain. OK, it isn’t always so bad, we are occasionally blessed with bright blue skies and crisp fluffy snow to play in – a rarity admittedly!

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December 15, 2014 1 min read

So winter has officially arrived in the Highlands. Traditionally snow engulfs the mountains in November and occasionally before Halloween but this year has been a somewhat leisurely start to the season. The want to swing an ice axe only gets worse when you can see a snow capped Ben Nevis from your back door but the ferocious gale force winds … Continue reading
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Sport Climbing In Scotland

May 13, 2014 2 min read

I’m not sure sport climbing and Scotland are two things that are immediate obvious matches when you mention either in conversation, however, from my perspective, they are a match made in heaven! Sport climbing in Scotland is relatively young – say, twenty years or so. The tradition has always been to make use of the more adventurous mountains, crags and … Continue reading
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Walking & Scrambling – Lake District

April 15, 2014 2 min read

After my mega Scottish winter climbing trip earlier this year, I was sofa bound with a pretty bad virus and it is just recently I have started to feel a little bit human again – perhaps the occasional sighting of the sun has helped! As a result, I hadn’t really done much to write home about, so it was great … Continue reading
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Scottish Winter Climbing

February 25, 2014 3 min read

The winter conditions in Scotland have been challenging this year to say the least, and as pretty much a novice winter climber I’ve found my winter climbing trip a bit of a roller coaster. Having gone from days battling 70mph gusting winds and skin-abrasing spin-drift, to Alpine-like bluebird skies with barely a breeze to contend with, I’ve probably seen the … Continue reading
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Alpine Climbing – Dents du Midi

January 08, 2014 2 min read

Passing the three-hour sign at Lac de Salanfe, along the Dent du Midi trail, I was feeling rather smug – having athletically trotted up the steep-ish first section of the trail, I thought; how clever we were to have delayed our leaving from base until the cool evening set in. Four hours later, glacier-blue mountain lakes, and lush-green Alpine meadows, … Continue reading
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Pastures New

January 14, 2013 2 min read

After a great six months in Aviemore working as the social media whizz kid at Wilderness Scotland and having a great time in the mountains I was swooped off my feet and shipped down to Dundee to start a PhD as part of the Design in Action project – which as some of the designers out there will know is … Continue reading
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