About the book

The award-winning Chasing the Ephemeral ships from the USA!

Purchase at your own peril — this is a dangerously inspirational, gloriously illustrated, and meticulously detailed guide to the birthplace of mixed climbing.

Being in the right place at the right time is critical when Scottish Winter Climbing. Chasing the Ephemeral will help you make the right choices – do you go high or low, head east, west or north, or attempt snowed-up rock, mixed or ice climbs? With more than 600 new Scottish Winter Climbs to his credit, Simon Richardson reveals his simple strategy for success and selects 50 climbs to put on your hit-list. There is a detailed analysis of the strategy and tactics Scottish Winter Climbers need, taking into account Scotland’s sometimes fickle conditions and unpredictable weather. There are sections on using weather forecasts, using the internet, avoiding avalanches, clothing and equipment, protection, navigation, timing, partners and psychology. Simon also presents 50 climbs primarily in the Grade III to VI range, specifically selected to match a variety of Scottish conditions. Each climb is supported by a map and topo, with access and descent details, route description, optimum conditions and top tips. Climbs include well-known classics and lesser-known gems. There are suggestions for more than 200 alternative routes from Grade II to Grade VII. Detailed overviews are included of approaches and descents on Ben Nevis with North Face panorama and map and summit descent bearings. There is also the largest ever collection of photographs of Scottish Winter Climbers in action! Stunning!

Winner of the 2017 Banff book award.

About the author

Simon Richardson is one of Scotland’s most prolific winter climbers, with 600 new routes to his credit. In addition to helping develop classic walls such as Aonach Mor, he also helped introduce Scotland’s two-tier grading system. He lives in Aberdeen with his wife Christine, and has a son and daughter. Learn more about Simon in this UKClimbing article.


  • Chasing the Ephemeral
  • 2016 Mica Publishing
  • by Simon Richardson
  • 256 full-color pages
  • 9780956036797