Saturday 3 November 2007

Last Saturday and Sunday

For the weekend I was working for Glasgow Academy who have an excellent outdoors programme of activities. Saturday saw myself and 3 students making a rapid ascent of Curved Ridge in, again rather wet conditions, before heading down to the hut at Lagangarbh for some excellent cake. Sunday saw torrential early morning downpours in Glencoe and 3 brave souls went off to the Zig zags on gear Aonach whilst the rest of us went to the Ice Factor for some indoor rock and ice.

Wet n wild

Last Friday Andy and I were on Curved Ridge. We climbed to the top in torrential rain and abseiled off Crowberry Tower. On the descent the paths were doing good impressions of streams but Andy's jacket got a chance to show how well water beaded off it. Even though I do this route many times a year doing it with different people and in different conditions keeps it fresh and interesting for me and of course its usually the first time for each client I'm out with. Andy is an ex miner so we chatted about Andy Cave's (another ex miner now climbing Guide) excellent book about his climbing and his background, 'Learning to Breathe'.