Tuesday 30 March 2010
Complete change from yesterday! Woke to snow down to 200m and windy weather. Gill and I took Gordon to the East Ridge of Beinn a' Chaorainn. The walk in through the forest showed us just how much fresh snow had fallen overnight and th winds grew steadily stronger until we reached the summit. At the top the wind circled like a pack of angry dogs, one minute rushing at us from one side and the next from a totally different direction. I reckon MWIS was right on the money and we were knocked over by 80mph gusts several times as we fled back down to the car as soon as we could. Wild! No pictures from half way up the ridge until back to the forest road as I was busy trying to stagger on a bearing on the plateau then tryin not to get knocked over on the descent!
Monday 29 March 2010
Sunday 28 March 2010
Saturday 27 March 2010
Friday 26 March 2010
Admin day.... catching up and looking ahead. A quick promo video with pictures from last year above. Already bookings are looking busy for CWA, SPA, CWALA, Intro. Rock courses in Scotland and The Lakes, Skye and Tower Ridge work. I expect to be on Skye a lot in May and at the end of July am off to Afghanistan for a month. Otherwise I'll be as mobile as last year with courses in Torridon and the North West, Lochaber, The Cairngorms, The Central Belt and The Lakes. In Addition new for this year I'm offering Climbing Courses in Spain. After a wet second half to last summer I got more pitches of good TRAD climbing done in 5 days in Costa Blanca than the previous month at home.
The MCofS are offering a subsidised Summer Mountain Leader course at Glenmore Lodge for members of affiliated clubs, a real bargain.
Also, along with George and Heather I have been asked to organise the MCofS's first international meet which will be to Rjukan in Jan 2011. We and 2 other instructors will each take 2 students to teach them how to ice climb more safely and efficiently. Full details on how to apply here.
Thursday 25 March 2010
Wednesday 24 March 2010
Sunday 21 March 2010
Tuesday 16 March 2010
I was looking at Ian Parnell's excellent blog and saw this presentation by Alexandre Buisse that won the Arc'Teryx Adventure shot competition at SHAFF. I like my photography but this is a visual feast! To see a larger version on his website click here.
Sunday 14 March 2010
Next morning we woke to a day of poor visibility (excellent navigation weather) and a mild wind. My team navigated there way to the window and along the ridge north of the Coire Ardair path before dropping down to cross the large debris cones from the avalanches a couple of weeks ago.
Climbers were enjoying fat ice on South and North Post as well as The Pumpkin.