I have just been literally blown out of the Torridon hills after aborted attempts on both the “Fisherfield 6” and “An Teallach”. Not to worry, there was lots of time to take photos and wander around a beautiful area. I have been on the road a lot in the last couple of weeks and have managed the odd days climbing and walking. The problem with blogs is that they promote the idea that all the blog keeper is up to is exciting wonderful things. This is not actually the case (or not for me anyway), there are plenty of days doing not very much or just trying to make money. I say this as a couple of friends have recently commented on both the blog and the wonderful places I get to – so if its any consolation – The last couple of weeks have seen me planting trees in the sleet, spreading fertiliser in the wind and rain, going through some driver training, sitting my minibus driving test, painting shelves, dog proofing a fence, sitting my Level 2 coach exam (for Canoeing) and a whole lot of driving place to place. I may in fact try and write a post one of these days with only pictures of the less glamorous places I get to (the inside of the truckstop in Livingstone where I ate lunch two days last week comes to mind). But for now here are the photos of the glamorous places I have been in the last couple of weeks….
I was driving away from Mull a few weeks ago and suddenly realised that I had time to stop and explore. This turned into a long day of running and climbing first of all into Garbh Bheinn to solo the Great Ridge (diff) then up glen gour to check out Indian Slab Crag (an underated destination). I took this as I ran down the ridge from Garbh Bheinn looking over Argour
The next day I climbed North East Buttress of Ben Nevis with Ruaridh. In this photo Ruaridh is moving up the easy ground at the base of the ridge. It was very warm making for some exciting sections with the sound of ice falling being fairly constant during the day. We managed to climb quickly taking the “tough brown variant” (also IV, 4) rather than the “mantrap” and were on the summit in around 5 hours.
Unfortunately the day was very damp and we were trying to move quickly so I didnt get the camera out much!
After a weeks work doing some forestry stuff it was off to the lakes for my coaching assessment and then a days climbing. It was too cold to hang around so Hannah and I opted for the soloing easy routes option. Above – Hannah after the traverse pitch of “Little Chamonix” (Vdiff)
Hannah soloing the final moves of Little Chamonix. She kindly agreed to down climb and reclimb the last moves so that I could get a photo! We then went on to climb “Jackdaw Ridge” (Diff) and “Donkeys Ears” (Sev)
We headed to Eilean a Ghearrainn for a short days cragging. Above – Hannah leading “Lee Vining” (Sev). Anyone familiar with Gaelic will notice that this is an island. It is not meant to get fully cut off from the mainland at high tide (always being wadeable) but unfortunately this is not what we found. This turned our short day into a long one with a long wait (till 830pm) till it went out enough that we could wade back to the land drover.