|That's not a normal climbing move !|
Sunday, 19 May 2013
Saturday, 18 May 2013
|We walked on our first snow at 1000m altitude, then it was soon winter conditions to the top, with frequent white outs.|
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|With a stirling effort from the determined team we all made it to the top of Ben Nevis.|
|The snow level was up to the trig point platform|
Friday, 17 May 2013
|On our first climb at Meall Deas, Rubha Hunish, North Skye|
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|We discovered that there is a lot of loose rock, lots of vegetation at the bottom and top and very little evidence of traffic!|
|Some of the pitches were excellent on perfect rock|
|The scenery was fantastic with a good sense of remoteness|
|Lena perched at the top of the second pitch|
|More boring scenery!|
|Trying to find a way up a climb which has seen little traffic|
|Lena's turn on the lead|
|Loch Ness monster or a sea otter - brilliant|
|We spent today at Flodigarry, Northern Skye|
Sunday, 12 May 2013
|Lena is happy to be on a bit of dry rock in this poor weather period|
|A slow start to Lena's trad season|
|A little bit of rescue scenario practice, getting Lena in the mood for her MIA|
Saturday, 11 May 2013
This weekend has turned very spring like and rainy again - so the last weekend with all of it's sun and heat is now a million miles away (as was the venue!). Matt Leggett and I managed to make the most of it however with a long Bank Holiday by making a lightning trip down to Baggy Point. However, used to the winter weather I still packed primaloft, down and fleece - luckily I managed to remember sunglasses, suncream and t-shirts. This was the start to my 2013 rock climbing season, so I was still suffering from weak forearms and wondering where the axes were! Finally I got home last Monday with a definite sun glow, used suncream and sore fingers - fantastic :) . Thanks Matt for a great weekend. Best wishes to Sam and Indi.
|This is the last pitch of Kinkyboots on the Main Slab|
|The abseil down Scrattling Zawn to Chouinard's Yard 1|
|Pitch 1 of Kinkyboots|
|Pitch 2 of Midnight Cowboy|
|Matt easily making the initial moves of Kinkyboots|
Matt Climbing on Baggy Point from Max Hunter on Vimeo.
|Matt walking up and over the RHS option of the overhang (poorly protected)|
|Matt prepping to start Chouinard's Yard 1|
|Matt on the v poorly protected Chouinard's Yard 1|
|Matt on Urizen|
|Urizen on The Long Rock|
|Matt on Lost Horizon|
|Traverse across the Left-Hand Slab over to Ben|
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
|Ben Nevis on Tuesday 7th May 2013|
|You can see some of the zig zags on the upper half of the Mountain (Tourist) track|
Sunday, 28 April 2013
|The Cuillin Ridge in winter conditions|
This weekend was a chance to take part in the AMI Cuillin Workshops on Skye. The workshop I attended run by Derek Bain, was to discuss working on the Cuillin Ridge Traverse in summer conditions. On Derek's workshop, besides myself were Monty, Iain and Karl. We knew there was still snow on the ridge, so we took our winter kit, but didn't quite know how much to expect. Saturday started with poor vis, but as soon as we hit the ridge, the mists cleared and we had a few hours of great weather and reasonable snow conditions. The weather turned at the end of the day, as the clouds descended again, and the rain started. The winds picked up through the night and Sunday turned out to be a very different weather beast - more snow and rain on reasonably strong winds.
One of my top dozen winter days this 12-13 winter season (in late April!). Excellent.
|Loch Coir a' Ghrunnda|
|Approaching the Castle from Sgurr nan Eag|
|Starting the traverse to Sgurr Dubh Mor|
|The scrambling is normally easy in summer, but under the snow and ice a great deal of care was needed|
|Some steep wintery scrambling|
|Sgurr nan Eag was really popular on Saturday with 10-15 people on the tops|
|See our footprints on the left of shot. The snow made a little of the going easier, freezing the loose boulders/scree together|
|Gars-bheinn to Sgurr nan Eag|
|Sgurr Alasdair to the middle of the ridge|
|The end of the ridge to Sgurr nan Gillean|
|Firm snow up to Sgurr Dubh an Da Bheinn|
Up to Sgurr Dubh an Da Bheinn, from Sgurr Dugh Mor from Max Hunter on Vimeo.
A look around at the Cuillin Ridge from the top of Sgurr Dubh as Da Bheinn from Max Hunter on Vimeo.
|One of the ridges bivvy spots - some snow clearing needed!|
Thank you Derek B., Sandy P., and AMI.