Well yesterday was a CWA Training at Climb Caledonia in Inverness with Pt 2 on thursday for HOL students from UHI WHC. Today and tomorrow owing to a cancellation I have free with the family but with the wind trying to do a big bad wolf on our house today I've no regrets about that one!
Saw that Dane had posted a short modern piece by Mark Twight on his blog. Ethics to aspire to or pie in the sky? I climb when I can and how I want. Oxygen would be cheating for me. If I couldn't do it it without It would be better to try something else (and more interesting and adventurous for me).
Alex Roddie's love affair with the birth of British Mountaineering is fascinating to follow. If you want a good read try his book but his blog throws up interesting historical gems. Did you know that the modern use of crampons is actually a resurgence in their popularity rather than their first appearance? Read on on Alex's blog and this article from Alpinist on Oscar Eckenstein.
Bullock has been reminding himself of what it means to be a winter climber again after a lecture tour: http://nickbullock-climber.co.uk and spotted this wee vid of what looks mucky, peaty, loose and vegetated enough to be a fine Scottish winter route - but its in New Hampshire!