Saturday 28 June 2014

5 days 1 summer

Its been a busy week. On monday and tuesday I was revalidating my First Aid qualification with BASP based at Nevis Range. As I've come to expect from them it was a very practical course, well tailored to those present and a rest chance to update and ensure confidence from those attending in their ability to del with simple first aid situations in the mountains and other similar environments.
Jeff and some injured bananas
Tuesday night I headed to Skye to meet 6 RAF personnel in Broadford. 'Sausage' their 1 man support team cooked us a great meal and on wednesday we used the drizzly day to cache some food and equipment along the Cuillin Ridge. This mean that we didn't have to start too early on thursday for our traverse. It was a lovely day but really hot. We spotted the octocopter of Hotaches doing some filming of an amazing performance along the way (you'll have to wait to find out what they were filming but it will be spectacular from the little we saw). We were gasping for more water by the time we dropped down into Coire na Banachdich for dinner and fluids. Then we enjoyed a stunning evening pressing on to our divvy site at An Dorus. Day 2 was dry but with a very chilly wind that staved off dehydration but after a show summit celebration and descent from Sgurr nan Gillean there were some weary legs heading down the seemingly endless walk to the Sligachan for a well earned beer. Top craic with the lads and well done to all on a successful completion of the UK's finest summer mountaineering challenge.