January has been busy already and its only half way through! The celebrations didn’t stop after new year – we came back to Fort William for Pete and Kag’s house warming party, to meet our new lodgers and throw a house warming party or our own (the next night!). The weather was looking great but the avalanche conditions not so great on the day of the house warming so Gile, Adam and I decided on a quick romp along the wonderful Aonach Eagach ridge. The conditions have stayed largely the same with only the very brave or the very stupid climbing anything other than ridges on the west coast just now. Things have now calmed down a bit on the avalanche front and the winter climbing season is definitely here.
The house warming party was great with lots of food and drink and music and it has been non-stop since then…..
Adam and Giles on the Aonach Eagach with Stob coire an Lochain behind
Coming along the ridge
Adams first day in crampons – Quality equipment!
House warming – Ninian and Lettie providing some tunes
Adam struggling on the second big night and a day in the mountains
The end of the night.
A few days later Hannah and I headed out with our new lodgers Georgia and Luis to climb “Golden Oldy” and easy (grd II) ridge on the west face of Aonach Mor – Hannah enjoying herself on the upper part of the ridge.
Georgia, Luis and Hannah on the summit
The next day it was off to Ben Nevis with Alfie – The avalanche forecast was “considerable” so we were going to be pretty limited on what we could climb. The view as you walk into the North face of the Ben never fails to inspire.
Then the weather looked good enough again to tempt me out on the Aonach Eagach with Luis and Georgia for another round. We left the house at 5am to get the best weather.
Georgia climbing one of the technical sections on the Aonach Eagach
And finally – I headed out with Charlie and Sue to take some photo for Charlies new business venture – Clay pigeon shooting on the side of Loch Leven.
Next week its off to Glenmore lodge so will probably have too much stuff in my bag to justify carrying a camera and then hopefully more winter climbing and maybe even some skiing.