Monthly Archives: July 2013

Heatwaves and rain

It has certainly been hot in Scotland (or should that be for Scotland) in the last few weeks but I think that is finally over as I sit in Fort William with the rain pouring.  We finished off the good weather yesterday with a great day in Glen Nevis, Climbing, swimming in the river and then down to the tavern to see Charles Cran Cronbie play.  The following photos are a random selection of mainly climbing shots from the last couple of weeks as I have havent really been taking many photos for once.

Matt climbing the second pitch of the brilliant “Agags Groove” high on Buachille Etive Mor.  (Amy and Gemma below)

Gemma Brierly leading the third pitch of Agags grooveSusie, Hannah and I climbed January Jigsaw which crosses Agags.  which meant lots of hilarity on Belay ledges (I think there was 7 of us on one ledge!)  Life is hard when you go climbing with two lovely ladies!

Amy “Climbings okay I suppose” Kincaid without her kayak on Agags groove

The amazing Rannoch Wall of Buachille Etive Mor looking over Rannoch Moor.  

Then it was off to the Etive – Hannah jumping into the upper pool of Triple step.  The last few weeks have been full of swimming in rivers more than anything else!

Adrian and Matt, Underwater in the Etive.

The Kings house – free camping, good food and good beer – what a place to end the day

The loch A’an basin of the Cairngorms.  I bumped into Graham Dawson on the way over to check out the crags – hes in there somewhere on the big square topped buttress.

Well thats all for now.  Time to start using my camera more again now though still busy at work and the rain does look like its set it!

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East to West

The rain has continued to fall on days off this month so as ever there has been a fair bit of driving to find dry rock or some adventure.  The last days off we had we headed to the Kyle of Lochalsh / Plockton area for a bit of adventuring.  Our friends Magnus and Helen had kindly given us the key to their amazing bothy, tucked off the road a few miles off the main road.  After a quick spring clean we were soon settled in with candles, a fire, some food and a little whisky.

Magnus and Helens Bothy on a damp morning

The next day Adam and I decided to do a wet and wild ascent of the wonderful Coich Nose of Sgurr a Chaorachain.  This was real adventure climbing up a steep nose of sandstone which was surprisingly out of the howling wind.

Adam setting off up the first pitch

Adam high on the third (crux) pitch of the route
We were soon back in the bothy trying to dry kit by the fire.

Susanna, Matt, Adrian, Laura, Adam and Hannah hanging out round the fire as the rain refused to stop.

Then it was back to work for a week and more staring at weather forecasts before deciding to head east for the last couple of days to the Aviemore area.

First up we went to the amazing Creag Dhu.  Picture above of Adam at the second belay of “Inbred” (HVS 5a)

Hannah pulling through the crux of “King Bee” (VS 5a) 

Then today to the very steep Huntlys cave – Laura climbing “Diaganol” (VS 4c)
Adam leading “Petes Wall” E2 5c.

It has now started raining again.  What a surprise.  One more week of work and then Hannah and I have a course off.  Hopefully in time for the rain to stop.

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