Wednesday, 21 October 2015

The last 9 months

A lot has changed since my last blog post in February, but a lot of my time is still being spent up in the mountains and exploring Scotland's wild places.

To say that I've been busy since I last posted on here wouldn't even begin to cover it, but now that I've got a chance I thought I'd post some photos to show what has changed and what hasn't. Back in February I made the difficult decision to take a few months off climbing so that I could focus entirely on photography and setting up my new website . I currently sell articles and images but it's my ambition to go fully 'pro' at some point in the future, so this year has all been about working as hard as possible towards this goal.

Although climbing has taken a back seat I've still been up in the mountains a great deal, probably almost every week of the year so far. I've spent hundreds of hours photographing mountain wildlife in the past few months and a lot of my time is being spent up high in the Cairngorms and Monadhliath. My other main project this summer has been photographing Scotland's caves, which has taken me into some surprising and truly impressive subterranean places.

Some things never change however, and like every year I am itching for the Scottish winter season to begin. Although climbing won't be my main focus I will be back out soloing again as usual, searching for those incredible moments in wild and unfrequented corries. An article of mine on this very subject was just published in this month's edition of Mountain Pro Magazine, so have a wee look here if you are after some inspiration for some out-of-the-way routes to climb.

I'll leave you with a few photos of what I've been up to recently. A lot more of my photography can be found at

Alpine conditions in Glencoe back in the Spring. The winter never seemed to end and I had some stunning days on the hill during April.

Photographing mountain hares has been one of my biggest projects of the year.

A lot of my time is being spent up on the Cairngorm plateau at the moment. Here the snows of Garbh Choire Mor can be seen from Ben Macdui.

October snow-tunnels in the Cairngorms. The amount of snow remaining in the hills from last winter is impressive and I've spent some time documenting it. See here.

Subterranean Assynt. My Caves of Scotland project started this summer and will last the next couple of years.

Looking down into the Loch Avon Basin from the Feith Buidhe snow-fields this month.

A ptarmigan in Autumn plumage in the Cairngorms.

Unbroken sunshine in Inverpollaidh in the Spring.

Liathach from Sgorr Ruadh. Hopefully I'll be spending more time in the NW Highlands this coming winter.

In Cnoc nan Uahm, one of the Assynt Caves.

A cloud inversion over Rothiemurchus Forest, seen through a long lens from the walk-in to the Northern Corries.

A trip to Mull in September included photographing MacKinnon's Cave.

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