Today Chris I took Chris and Aiden up Ledge Route for Chris's 50th birthday. Originally they were due to be a party of 5 but not all their team displayed the same moral fibre as the guys in the face of gales and heavy rain. Nonetheless I was joined by Chuck and Neil, 2 instructors I am helping work towards their MIA Assessment. The conditions didn't lend themselves to much teaching as after a quick break at the CIC hut we joined the waterfalls being blown back up over the organpipes in heading up No. 5 Gully and on to the summit plateau.
At the top I provided a wee dram for the guys and Chris stripped to his t-shirt to raise a little money for Help for Heroes before we beat a hastey retreat past the plastic poncho clad hordes on the pony track to dry out in Fort William.
Today I was working for Alan Kimber and West Coast Mountain Guides.