Monthly Archives: April 2014

April part 2

This weekend the really good weather finally turned up.  After a momentary panic on Friday morning I found some climbing partners for both days.  First up Joe and I headed out to the island of Canna.  I had never considered climbing on Canna before and certainly not for just one day.  It was a bit of an early start but well worth it.IMG_1400Early morning light on the Cuillins of Rum.IMG_1410colBunkhouse crag.  Absolutely stunning location.  Definitely have plans to come back and stay in the bunhouse and explore some of the other areas.
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The view from bunkhouse crag out towards Sanday and Rum
IMG_1421Joe warming up on “Chicken Head” at Bunkhouse crag.
IMG_1427Canna post office
IMG_1423 Sanday Church across the water with Rum behind

Next up it was a quick switch of climbing partners and it was off to Ardnamurchan with Mark, Oliver and NaomiIMG_1439

Mark leading “Up Pompei” at Meall an Fhir EionIMG_1441

We bumped into Andy Nisbet who was checking out routes for the new guidebook.  Andy’s partner leading the brilliant “Return of the Jedi”IMG_1453-2 Andy Nisbet seconding “Return of the Jedi”  IMG_1463 Naomi leading the classic “Yir”IMG_1467 So much rock!  Oliver leading “Greta Gabbro”IMG_1473Mark working out which route to climb next – you can just see the other guys on “Volcane” behind himP1040996 copyCopyright Andy Nisbet – Andy was kind enough to send me a picture of me leading “Star Wars”,  Took a couple of tries at this section but got there in the end.

Lets hope this good weather continues right through the summer.

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April part 1

April has been busy.  So busy in fact that I am going to put up two posts today.  I complained at one point this winter that my photography seems to be taking a back seat to a few things but actually I think it might be more a case of not having the time to process the images I take.  Probably means its time to work on a new workflow but anyway……  April has been amazing with Hannah getting back, Beautiful weather, cold mornings and some random bits of work taking me to some different places.

IMG_0480_1In the Devils Pulpit Gorge with Bob Tayler.  This was absolutely freezing but absolutely stunning.  IMG_0487

Stunning!

IMG_0495Bob was doing a bit of staff orientation/training and we were looking at the risk assessments for the Gorge – and shivering!  Bob, Craig and someone whose name I have forgotten contemplating another plunge!

Then I picked Hannah up from the Airport after 2 months in Dubai
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and we headed out climbing the next day Alfie.  Above – Alfie trying to get a hold of the finishing jug on “Resurrection” in Glen Nevis
IMG_0532Alfie leading “Damnation” on Styx buttress

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Hannah seconding “Damnation” with snow on the hills behindIMG_0547

Alfie “aspirant mountain guide” Tipler belaying Hannah up the classic “Secretaries Direct” on Secretaries buttress

Then it was off down to Glasgow for some Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions.

IMG_0565Looking North near Lix Toll
IMG_0570Its not just beautiful views and climbing – doing my paperwork at the end of the day on the Bronze expedition
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Spring is definitely here.IMG_0575Great wee campsite with the sun setting behind
IMG_1369Silver Duke of Edinburgh Expedition on Loch Lomond.  Its a while since I did a canoe expedition for work and I had forgotten the luxuries!
IMG_1371Stormy days ahead
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The waterfalls at Inversnaid.  I took this before I knew that I would spend 36hrs camped right by the waterfalls unable to go anywhere with my group due to the high winds.090

Its always sunny on the internet – Tim, Tim and Karen at the end of the Silver expedition gaining some comfort from the Aberfoyle chip van, Tims umbrella the knowledge that their students are probably damper than they are.

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