Wednesday, 16 December 2015

A wet wander to Stob Coire Nan Lochan, Glencoe.

Conditions reports.  Warm and very damp. Water logged snow made for heavy going. The burns are also swollen  due to the melt.
Debris was evident and ice was seen falling off the cliffs. I kept away from the big Gully lines and funnels. Wet slab will occur at some stage. The snow is water logged to full depth. The bonus is if it freezes it will be the best neve ever. If? Take care folks. Happy mountaineering.

Friday, 11 December 2015

Navigation Training and Hill Skills for Strive Adventure Apprentices.

The Hebridean Pursuits, Outdoor Adventure Academy continues.

Wild days on the hills this week but with realistic and appropriate learning outcomes for the apprenticies.

Friday, 4 December 2015

Winter Conditions Reports Resume.

Our winter season has begun. We will up date our reports on a regular basis. Please remember that it is a serious undertaking heading out into the Scottish mountains in winter so please check the weather  on and avalanche forecasts on  before setting off. Blogs are useful, however they are reports of what has happened and how conditions were not how they will be. Experience is key and if you require to gain more knowledge or skills then we can offer you a personalised course to help you progress to your ambitions.

Yesterday we were out in Glencoe. Fresh snow had fallen above 600 m and the freezing level was approximately 850 m. A lull in the weather made for pleasant walking. No ice was to seen but the low grade gullies in Stob Coire nan Lochan look complete for some early season snow adventures.

It is early days but a base is developing well.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

HPL 27th Winter Season Special Offers.

HPL  27th Season Special Offers

We have been  instructing, guiding and coaching in all seasons since 1989 and we are looking forward to our 27th winter season.

Winter Mountain Courses

An Introduction to Winter Climbing
Intro Winter Climbing CoursesLed by qualified and very experienced Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) qualified mountaineering instructors (MIC).
Learn the skills to progress to climbing and graded ground such as ridges and snow gullies.
Learn how, when and where to use technical climbing equipment, plan route choice and learn essential safety related skills and knowledge.
These are two day open courses. We require a minimum of two participants to run a course for you.
Based in Glencoe.
We hold an AALS licence so we are able to work with young people  under 18 years old as well as adults.
Dates:  Jan 30th/ 31st, March 19th/20th, April 2nd/ 3rd 2016
Price. £190 per person (Instruction only)
Contact us at:
01631 720002
Specific dates can be arranged.

Winter Mountain Walking Courses

Winter walking CoursesBased in Glencoe.
Led by experienced and highly qualified Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI)  mountaineering instructors (MIC).
Open one day courses.
Dates  Jan 30th, 31st, Feb 13th, 14th, March 20th 2016
 £65 per person per day. Based on a minimum of three participants on each day.
Contact us at:
01631 720002

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Outdoor Adventure Academy. A progressive first three days on Mull.

A very successful three day, based at Tavool House on Mull to this years Outdoor Adventure Academy. Big learning adventures with the Coastal Communities Fund Apprentices from Strive Adventure.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Outdoor Adventure Academy 2015 / 2016 and West Highland College Adventure Experiences.

Over the last week we have been back in the water coaching and guiding on Mull and in Oban.

We introduced students from The Certificate of Outdoor Learning Course from West Highland College to coasteering on a very exciting and quality swell day at Seil Island.

We are proud to relaunched the Outdoor Adventure Academy in partnership with Coastal Communities Fund Apprentices from Strive Adventure and youth. We are presently at Tavool House on the first three days of their 13 day training programme. This program will cover coasteering, climbing / scrambling, hill walking skills, winter mountaineering and canyoning sessions between now and May 2016.  

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Coasteering Skills Training and SLSGB rescue award.

We have been running a Coasteering Skills Training course this weekend and on Monday we ran a SLSGB  Coasteering Rescue Award.

Challenging conditions  here in Oban yet perfect for learning and getting to know ones limits.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

George Heriots School. Adventure Weekend. Coasteering and Canyoning.

Big adventures for George Heriots School pupils this weekend. Maxing it out in some challenging situations!

Monday, 2 November 2015

A busy couple of weeks on Mull, in the Highlands and inside today.

 Here at Hebridean Pursuits we have had a really busy working week or so with a variety of clients and on different projects. We ran a Duke of Edinburgh's Award Gold qualifying expedition for a school from Kent. Hosted another Roses Project Residential out  at Tavool House on  Mull and we have started back instructing the students from West Highland College on their hill walking module. Today was an inside day at Glasgow Climbing Centre teaching leading. So all in all  rather varied period. But as they say, variety is the spice of life! 

Monday, 19 October 2015

Coasteering with Loretto School today.

The last day of Loretto School's Residential with us out here at Tavool House on Mull.

We finished with a blast by going Coasteering!

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Rock climbing on Mull today with Loretto School Pupils.

Day two for Loretto School on their Roses Project Residential. It was another fabulous day on Mull today. We headed to the land of pink granite and rock climbed on warm sun kissed rock above the sea and white sand beaches. Summer is here.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

A fantastic October in Scotland.

What an amazing October so far. It has been so beautiful out in the hills and down at sea level. October was always a traditional 'best' weather month and it has not disappointed this year.

We at Hebridean Pursuits have been busy on Mull with residential outdoor courses and adventure courses. We  have been back to back with groups.

The nights are drawing in but the sun is warm and the sea balmy so perfect for all adventures on land and sea.

The berries are growing both in size and quantity, perhaps the forecasts of a hard winter maybe true.