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Gone Climbing

by Steve Holmes October 06, 2016

‘As the last piece of equipment is squeezed into my haul bag I have been reflecting on a busy summer and what lies ahead for the remainder of the year. Tomorrow I depart for The Picos de Europa; a somewhat forgotten area of Spain, located just 20km from the North coast it boasts huge Limestone walls and mountains over 2600m … Continue reading
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A Wild Winter Breo Blog

by Steve Holmes February 09, 2016

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

by Steve Holmes October 20, 2015

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

by Steve Holmes May 26, 2015

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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Highlander – A Year In Fort William

by Steve Holmes April 28, 2015

On the 16th April 2014 we made the move north to Fort William. This was to be my mental and physical step to moving away from contract work in the Middle East and committing fully to working as a Mountaineering Instructor in Scotland. For five years previous I had managed to work between jobs, living out of my van whilst working as a Mountain Leader in the highlands escaping back to the Middle East when times got tough and the seasonal work dried up. Leaving our home in Dundee to travel around Europe during 2013 Jane and I certainly had no plans to move to Fort William, if anything our trip was indefinite with high hopes of settling down in Europe once the travel bug was finally satisfied. Unforeseen circumstances brought us back to Scotland within 5 months of setting sail, friends and family took us in whilst we decided what was to be for the best – Fort William became the likely candidate.

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Gear Check : Steve Holmes

by Steve Holmes January 15, 2015

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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