|The guys getting ready to show some skills!|
|Cloud beginning to lift|
|At the Red Burn on the way down|
The next day I took John and Raymond for a walk up to the CIC hut. Fairly windy conditions and a lot of slab building up but the cloud was clear and we got some great views of the stunning North face. On the way down were met by a group of large stags just off of the path, a nice end to the mornings walk.
Last weekend I took Anne-Sophie and Alexis for some skills. Our plan had been to head up to Coire Na Ciste for some skills but the weather just wasn't playing fair! We tried driving up the Forestry track at Torlundy but several fallen trees put a quick stop to that. After walking up to the top car park we just got beyond the 10 minute tree before calling it a day. Waves of spindrift and severe wind chill meant getting to the hut would have been challenging enough let alone having a productive learning day. We opted for plan B and covered some basic skills in the Ice factor was well as bit of climbing in the ice wall.
|Me having a brief play on the wall!|
After the skills day the guys headed up to the Ben on their own and sensibly turned around when things started to feel a bit hairy. Good to see people making good decisions in the hills.
On Tuesday Davie, Andy and myself headed up the Ben to do Vanishing gully. Despite having to walk up from the bottom car park we were treated to a bit of luxury when Andy treated us to tea and cake in the CIC hut!
|Tea, pastry and climbing. Can life get any better?|
This weekend I was working for Maximum Adventure again, whilst Davie was working for me. I took Russell and Lance to Steall Falls on Friday for a quick tour of Glen Nevis. A bit of fun on the wire bridge and we headed back to let the chaps get ready for a longer day. Some nice ice forming in the Glen in the cold conditions.
On Saturday we headed up to the CIC hut to let the guys get a proper view of Ben Nevis. It's a shame that the thousands of people who ascend the Tourist Track every year never get to see the true character of the Ben. We headed back round to the Lochan, headed up the zig zags for a short while and then cut off to look at No.4 gully for more views of the North Face. A final slog up to the summit saw us on top of the UK to stunning views! Not a bad day in the office at all. A quick descent down the Red Burn and we headed across the moor back to the car. Good effort chaps for doing the deluxe Tourist Track!
|Well worth the detour!|
Davie took Tony and Mia up the Ben on Saturday for a similar day.
|Top of the Ben!|
Yesterday the team headed up the North Ridge of Stob Ban in Glen Nevis. Another smashing day on a smashing route.
|The North ridge|
|Tony and Mia on top of Stob Ban (999m)|