Thursday, 29 March 2012

Inversion on the Ben

We took Richard and Emma up Ben Nevis today via the Mountain Track. This was their first time climbing the Ben and a cloudy start to the day turned into a stunning inversion. Spectacular views from above 1250m.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Polldubh climbing

Sam and I decided to climb Storm (HVS 5a) on Cavalry Crack Buttress in Glen Nevis today. An absolutely classic route with fine climbing. We decided to have a shot on the E1 5b True Finish which Sam cruised up on lead. After a slight mishap with one of my rock shoes I seconded in one of Sam's trainers without too much difficulty!

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Cragging in Glenfinnan

Johan, Graham and myself headed to the sports crag at Glenfinnan today for some routes. Felt like we were in Europe with the sun beating down!

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Skye trip

Glenda and I took a last minute decision to head over to Skye at the weekend. We arrived Friday night and our plan was the Dubh's ridge for Saturday. After walking down Glen Sligachan in the dark for 1hr 30min we piched the tent for the night. We awoke to stunning views, glorious blue skies and sunshine. Unfortunately we were short of time to climb the dubh's ridge so headed up Sgurr Na Stri for some playing on the rough gabbro- splendid!

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Back on rock...

My first time out climbing since I broke my back in September. Did Phantom Slab (VS 4c or 5a I think?) in Glen Nevis. Lovely route, and nice to get back out climbing. Topped out to the sun setting and just hitting the tops of the hills.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Glencoe Guiding

Was out today with Chris, Steve, Graham and Jonny from London in Glencoe. The guys were planning on some Winter walking but due to lack of snow we made do with a Spring trip up both Munros of Buachaille Etive Beag. After a very wet start the rain eased and we were treated to some great views of the Glencoe peaks and down to Loch Leven and Loch Etive. Some cloud and gusty winds on the tops added to the atmosphere! The team did really well and we even had time to have some practice of basic winter skills on the remaining snow patches. Well done guys!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Glencoe scramble

Was up in Glencoe today with glenda for a Spring like scramble up the zig-zags of Gearr Aonach. Lovely wee route and much nicer than the unrelenting path up to the Coire! Then we headed up the NE ridge of Stob Coire nan Lochan. A small group out doing some Winter skills/snow anchors on the few remaining patches. Feels very much that Winter is over!

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Dry Tooling at the Lodge

Back from an MLTA CPD Dry-Tooling Course at Glenmore lodge today. This was run by Pete Hill MIC ( The small group of four allowed us to benefit from some coaching from Pete and we all learned lots. We then headed outside in the sunshine for some routes on the granite towers. A great day overall, lots of fun and a good workout on the arms!

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Navigation Practice in the clag!

Out today in the hills just north of Kinlocheil doing some navigation practice for my (hopefully upcoming!) Winter ML assessment. Wet, windy and cloudy weather made for some interesting conditions and the pretty featureless ground allowed some challenging legs to be done. Good test of the waterproofs too!