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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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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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by Steve Holmes December 15, 2014

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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Scottish Winter Climbing

by Sarah Morton February 25, 2014

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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Winter Plans

by Laura Lost December 18, 2013

Hey Everybody! So that’s the British Summer over, got a few waves in though so that’s the main thing. I’m planning on spending the winter surfing cold waves and writing my second solo album. I have all the songs structured and have a few ideas as to how I want them to go but I won’t know for sure how … Continue reading
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