Monthly Archives: January 2013

Rushing around everywhere.

I should currently be packing for a week skiing in France but love to procastinate with pictures so here is a quick set of photos from the last few weeks.  I have been rushing around everywhere doing a massive amount of driving, some kayaking, rock climbing, winter (mixed) climbing, walking, demolition (at bobs house) and some profesional development courses.
I spent a great day on Ben Nevis with Miles climbing Tower ridge (IV,3).  I got this shot on descent (it was dark when we walked in).  You can see the CIC hut on the far left of the image and how little snow was present.  We climbed Tower ridge pretty quick able to move on just rock for the first section and get crampons on at the little tower.

 Bob topping out of DT’s Route at the Limekilns
 The day before going to the Ben I was at Limekilns with Miles, Hannah and Bob.  Bob told a story about how people go on ski trips every year thinking they can ski as well as the last day of their trip the year before and break their legs.  Then after not climbing for many months Bob jumped on the lead on “DT’s Route” (VS 4c) which we later found out might be a little harder the way we all climbed it.

 Miles approaching the Eastern Traverse.  One of the reasons we were able to climb so quickly was the old footprints in the snow and the clear weather.

 Miles picking up coils shortly after dawn at the base of the little tower

 Anyone who has climbed with Miles knows this face – it says – please let me lead the next pitch, please!

Meanach Bothy (far right) on a rainy morning.  
After the day on Ben Nevis my van decided it needed a new alternator.  Luckily Fort william is a good place to break down and i decided to head into the mountains on my own till it was fixed.  This was in the middle of some atrocious weather but I found a few bothies to stay in!  I waded the river on the left in my underwear in the dark on the first night trying to find this one!

 Looking down upper Glen Nevis to Steal hut (the white dot just off centre)

Staineog Bothy

 Leacach Bothy (far left) at the base of Stob Ban.  I did a few Munros from this bothy but mainly just hid from the high winds and heavy snow.

I then spent a few days at Bob and Clares in Glasgow helping demolish a shed and getting a quick days climbing in Glen Coe with Bob

 Bob seconding up the 1st pitch of Inglis Clark Ridge (III) on Stob Criese.  This pitch was meant to be a nice water ice pitch but instead was a little water ice, no gear and some frozen turf – great fun.

 Bob leading off up the second pitch.  The route then takes a swing up the face of the buttress/ridge for two pitches

Classic shot of Black Rock cottage with the Buachille behind from where we parked to walk into the Inglis clark ridge.

 Glen Etive from the top of the ridge.  This was a great day but lots of slogging through loose snow was pretty time consuming!

Now its off to france for some more snow!

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Hogmanay 2013

Well the Yellow Heiffer(my van) is currently packed with Kayaking gear and I am about to drive south to the Lake district for a couple of days of kayaking.  At one stage this seemed like complete madness but it is currently very warm in Scotland with the majority of the snow stripped of the mountains so now seems like quite a good option.
In May last year Wee Ben and I chatted about doing a big hogmmany in a bothy in the middle of nowhere and as the months progressed I realised that I should organise it.  I was a little more organised than usual (in that I actually invited other people) and the turn out was brilliant with some people driving for days just to be there and even an American!
A large group of us walked in on the 30th with heavy packs full of food, drink, coal and warm clothes with more arriving the next day.  On the 31st we woke up to horizontal rain and some warm temperatures so had a very short day wandering up the glen and up to a good view point and then the party started…..
In the main room of the bothy on the first night planning the next day.

 The bothy with rainbow on the last morning as we were packing up to leave.

 There was a lot of old coal in the fire so when we did finally get it going it got a little too hot!  This was actually a little worrying as the whole thing started to sparkle!

 A very wet wander up the Glen.  Miles showing great technique on a river crossing

 Getting near the head of the glen as squalls of snow/rain/sleet hit us.  Ruaridh leading the way.

 Finally it cleared enough for a snowball fight with the remaining snow.

 Ali C very happy with his jacket.

 Scott and Miles back at the bothy on the 31st.  The drinking started about 1430 and ended 12 hrs later when Scott and I checked that we had in fact drank everything!

 The main room of the bothy all set up for party games and lots of food – Dinner was massive involving Haggis on oat cakes, samosas, onion bhajis, chicken fajitas, cheese balls, pizza, christmas cake, cheese and biscuits and chocolate.

 When it did clear on the 31st it was amazing.  Ruaridh (far right) looking down the glen back to the bothy.

HDR shot of the sandstone slabs running with water under a heavy sky.

Thanks to all who showed up, it was an amazing couple of days in a brilliant place.  Same again next year?

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