Ardnamurchan with the Jamies from Alan Halewood on Vimeo.
Ducking under the overhang on Claude VS 5a
Pic courtesy of Jamie Hageman. If you haven't seen his mountain artwork do check out his website- stunning stuff.
Jamie B on the crux of Greta Gabbro VS 4c (?)
Now this should be Saturnia Pavonia if the warts were yellow but they didn't seem to be? Any entomologists out there?
Jamie H seconding pitch 1 of Volcane VS 4b,4c
Jamie B on Pyroclast (S 4b)
Another shot of Pyroclast
Jamie B on the excellent hand traverse on Ring of Fire HVS 5a
...and maybe someone will invent a pair of gloves that are waterproof enough for Scottish winter, tough enough to last me more than a season and not feel like I'm wearing a steel gauntlet. Probably not in my lifetime though!
And to balance any rampant commercialism we still have charters like Andy Houseman and Nick Bullock. 'Real climbers' doing real climbs. More great pics of the Slovak Direct on Houseman's blog here and some thoughts from Nick on his forthcoming book:
Nick Bullock talks about Echoes from Vertebrate Publishing on Vimeo.
This morning my son Sandy watched Blue Peter presenters learning to dive. This afternoon, with no prompting from us he stood straight at the side of the pool, put his hands out at the end of straight arms and dove in. We've never even talked about diving. Never cease to be amazed at how children are a blank canvas waiting to be filled. Afterwards I had a very pleasant ride home from Kinlochleven over the West Hihland Way on my bike. Way too long since I had a good blast off road...
Quick ride on the WHW from Alan Halewood on Vimeo.