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NEW FOR 2017 ALPINE HIGH PEAKS Climb the highest summits of 5 Alpine nations in a 12 day road trip - Liechtenstein, Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Switzerland; from the 2864m Triglav to 4634m Dufourspitze. Price £3,480 incl accommodation, all road travel and guiding. Led by Martin Moran

SCOTTISH SPRING COURSES 29 Apr-5 May including Skye Mountaineer, Cuillin Traverse and Adventure Rock Climbing - late places available

ARCTIC NORWAY HOLIDAYS 27 May-3 June, 3-10 June - wonderful alpine mountaineering in the Lyngen Alps and brilliant rock climbing and scrambling in the Lofoten Islands with luxury cabin accommodation - places available on Arctic Alpinist 27 May-3 June; Arctic Mountaineer, Arctic Summits and Arctic Alpinist 3-10 June

2018 SCOTTISH WINTER COURSES 15-21 Apr, New Year and 13 Jan -9 Mar; full details, dates and prices now posted; £50 early b ooking discounts

HIMALAYA Exclusive New Trek for Autumn 2017:-

NANDA DEVI ADVENTURE Join Martin Moran for a fantastic scenic trek round the valleys and over the passes of the Nanda Devi range, including a 3-day trek into the restricted Outer Sanctuary; maximum of 4 members allowed. 15th Sept-6th Oct Price £3,400

Past-client and group discounts on offer on all Himalayan trips - worth up to 7.5% of the trip price

KALAPANI PIONEER Unclimbed peaks to 5900m plus a beautiful trek in a remote corner of Garhwal Himalaya - an ideal progression from Alps to Himalaya with climbs of varied technical difficulty to suit. 23 days 28th Apr-21st May 2017 Price £3,950 Grade: B/C

TRISUL (7120m) 15th Sept-15th Oct 2017: The peak of Shiva's trident and one of India's greatest mountains; a full expedition peak with a challenging ascent by the West Ridge; for more experienced mountaineers; leaders Mark Thomas and Martin Moran - 3 places left.

Price: £5,450 30 days Grade D

LADAKH-KANG YATZE 14th July - 7th Aug 2017 expedition details now posted. Climb Kang Yatze I (6401m) anbd KY II (6245m) and follow the 9 day Markha valley trail in the Buddhist kingdom of Ladakh 23 days Grade A/C - a great first venture in the Himalaya - 2 places left; price £3,900

DISCOUNT DEAL WITH COTSWOLD OUTDOOR FOR ALL MORAN MOUNTAIN CLIENTS: 15% off all purchases in store and on-line available on receipt of your booking and valid until July 2017.

Lectures: Martin can offer his Higher Ground, Scotland's WInter Mountains, Mountain Safety - Risk Management - Expedition Leadership and Himalayan Pioneering talks in Autumn and Winter 2016/17 to clubs, comapnies, lecture societies, schools and colleges on request.


Fundraising Appeal for Torridon Mountain Rescue Team : Our local team need to raise £50,000 to cover the cost of a new team base in Torridon village. Work is due to start on the building this Spring. The building will give the team a secure and well-equipped base for rescuers and victims. For the last 40 years the team has had to use cramped and public facilities in the Youth Hostel. All of us who climb on the mountains of North-West Scotland can rely on the dedicated and expert help of the team in an emergency. They are a highly-trained and enthusiastic group of volunteers from across the area. Moran Mountain guides and clients have been grateful for the team's assistance on at least 4 occasions over the past 30 years.

If you would like to make a donation please go to the team Just Giving page or you can text donate TMRT33 £5 to 70070

Your help will be greatly appreciated

New Blog Accounts:

Sitting Ducks Climb - a near miss on Norwegian ice

Strength through Misery - Scotland's last winter burst

A Lean Scottish Winter: We have had one of the driest winters of the last 30 years, with limited snow cover on the mountains but lots of fine weather. Ice conditions never built up but we have enjoyed some great conditions on buttresses and ridges. Beinn Eighe East and West Buttresses were climbed by many parties. Liathach, An Teallach and the Forcan Ridge were traversed in alpine-snow conditions. The Cuillin provided great sport - Sgurr nan Gillean, the round of Coir' a'Ghreadaidh and In Pinn all receiving winter ascents. Trips further afield gave ascents of Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis, and several mixed routes in Cairn Gorm's Northern Corries. On our final Winter Mountaineer course 4-10 March we ascended Way Up Gully on Liathach, made a circuit of Bruach na Frithe and Sgurr a'Bhasteir and finished with Fuselage Gully plus a half-traverse of Beinn Eighe - all in splendid firm snow conditions.

Our clients repeatedly expressed surprise that we could achieve so much from unpromising conditions. Local knowledge and long experience count for a lot, plus plenty of enthusiasm. We had a brilliant team of guides this season - regulars like Guy Steven, Robin Thomas, Mike Thomas and Ian Craigie and BMG Trainees such as Kev Avery, Ross Hewitt and Calum Muskett. Thanks to them all.

Leaving Sgurr nan Gillean summit - Winter Climber courses 30 Jan 2017 (photo: Guy Steven)

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HIGHER GROUND - a mountain guide's life: a thrilling and humorous account of Martin's guiding life (published by Sandstone Press 2014) Order your Signed Copy for £15 incl UK p&p Use our secure web booking form to order (debit or credit cards accepted)

"an absorbing account of his life as a guide...Moran has a keen eye and a crisp style, and some delightful word paintings enliven the book" Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal review

Use our secure web booking form to order your copy (all major cards accepted)


Martin Moran's guidebook to the classic routes on the 4000m peaks of the Alps published by the Alpine Club 240 routes from F to TD- standard described; 80 photos and photo-diagrams; peak lists, historical review, practical advice and information

Signed copies on Mail Order: £20 (incl P&P; rrp £25)

THE MUNROS IN WINTER Martin's classic book on his winter ascent of all the Munros, reissued by Sandstone Press, complete with a new selection of photos from the original trip, updated history of Munro marathons and records - a handbook to the Scottish mountains with cautionary tales of avalanches and storms, a portrait of a how a marriage worked through three months in a camper van, and an evocation of the realisation of a mountain dream. Order your signed copy for £12 (incl P&P).

Buy HIGHER GROUND and MUNROS IN WINTER together for £22 incl P&P

Buy HIGHER GROUND and ALPINE 4000m PEAKS GUIDEBOOK together for £32 incl P&P

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