Courchevel to Mull

The last couple of weeks have as ever been a whirlwind of jumping all over the place.  Some of the less exciting things have been things like Duke of Edinburgh Scheme supervisor/assessor days and sitting my bus driving theory tests (for once i actually passed first time!) while the more exciting bits have been exactly that. First up a week in Courchevel with a massive group of friends who really looked after Hannah and I amazingly.  Iona was a star taking us too and from the airport and Adrian (and Tom Kenny) were very kind putting us up for the week.  Ailsa firmly organised our social calendar and it was great to catch up with all the extended island crew for the week at varios drinks, meals and music.
Looking towards Meribel and Val Thorens.
Birds playing in the snow at one of our lunch stops
Stu, Justin, Hannah and Sara tearing it up
A picture from Iona of me looking like a zombie after Hannah and I made our best effort at finishing off a raclette.
After a swift transition it was off to Oban to meet Hannah and Tony to head over to Mull and Ardachy Hotel.  

Hannah on the bonnet of Bluebell the red landrover at the front of Ardachy house.  Hannah is house sitting Ardachy for the next couple of months in preparation of her dad Tony moving up there in April.  Ardachy (helpfully pronounced with the emphasis on the Ard and the chy) is in a spectactular place on the ross of mull overlooking Ardalanish bay.

Ardalanish bay from the East

Some locals not too impressed with the strong winds last week.

Another shot of the beach

The Ross of Mull is famous for many things – one of them is high quality single pitch climbing.  Hannah and David on the search for another crag on the nearby isle of Erraid

Hannah with David belaying on “floyd” (HS 4b (5.8)) at pink walls.  You wouldn’t believe its the start of February.  Shortly after this I was completely shut down on a VS 4c (5.8/5.9) to the right of this.  Might have to get better at crack climbing!

Classic Mull road sign.  (pronounced “Fin-a-fort)

Hannah on top of the asteroid in “asteroid chasm” another climbing area

Ardachy house (Left) and its view down to the bay.

Next up its time for some work before heading back to Mull for a couple of days before some winter climbing.

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