The last few weeks have occasionally lost their charm as bad things and bad news keep coming along but with the odd adventure its hard to remember the bad stuff. As ever I have been getting out and about which has been brilliant, getting to places I know well, visited years ago or that are totally new to me. Last week we had a whole 4 days off so I headed to skye. Unfortunately Hannah was not long out of hospital after an operation so after dropping her on Mull to rest I took the long drive up the west coast using multiple ferries and multiple bits of roads that I have never actually driven. As the crow flies it was probably about a hundred miles from mull to skye but was for me a full days travel. This all paid off meeting Adrian, Laura and Susanna to head into the Cuillins for some classic rock.
Skye – l-r Adrian, Laura, Me and Susanna at sunset on our second night camped in Coire na Ciche
Susanna had never climbed outdoors and Laura only a couple of times so we headed off on an epic day climbing, Cioch Direct (5 pitch S 4a, Cioch Nose 2 pitch Vdiff and Integrity 2 pitch HS 4b) Above – people on the Cioch (the weirdest bit of rock anywhere in Scotland!) and adrian in the gap headed toward Integrity
After our days in the Cuillin we headed to Elgol for sunset to climb on the sea cliffs the next day. Above – sunset from Elgol, perhaps the best thing living out of a van is the ever changing front door
Susanna looking a wee bit tired on pitch nine! A brilliant day out with lots of climbing and a massive descent including a couple of abseils – not bad for a first day on rock!
The Cotton Grass on the island this year is amazing – the view from the small hill above the staff house!
The last couple of days I have spent sea kayaking out of Loch Hourn. The forecast was terrible but we got largely good weather and even a dolphin sighting!
Croulin House at the end of the loch. This house has a brilliant story – check it out http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2075301/For-sale-house-best-view-Britain-Meet-family-reluctantly-giving-idyllic-life-countrys-remotest-home.html
This morning my friends Jago, Sarah, Gemma and Jaimie continued to the Sandaigs – Unfortunatley I have to work tomorrow so turned tail and headed for the van. Above – Jago headed for the Sandaigs with the Cuillin of Skye over his shoulder.
Next up its back to Rua Fiola for another course and some adventures with the youngsters. Then some more days off and more adventures – photos to follow….