October seems to have been a month of driving for me for work, play and generally getting things sorted out for next year. I have actually done quite a bit of kayaking both on the rivers and sea but haven’t managed to take any photos as well as a great days canoyoneering but didnt actually to take any “wet” photos.
Above – the stunning Gruinard bay from our campsite on a work climbing trip to Gairloch and Gruinard Bay.
Below – me belaying at the top of Raven Crag. For easy multipitch routes this might be best crag I’ve been to in Scotland. 20 mins from the road, great views and good 3 pitch routes. Sandy called my at the last minute to say he had a day to kill in Aviemore. We headed to Creag Dubh to climb some of the classics. Above – Sandy trying not to look scared on the traverse pitch of “Inbred” There has even been some dry rock around Fort William in the last couple of weeks – Hannah and I nipped out for some fun on her birthday and soloed some classics including (above) the “Gutter” Another day of work saw me on North Buttress of the Buachille. More commonly used as a winter route this is a great summer scramble/easy route. Especially with views like this! While I was on North Buttress Calum headed to Agags Groove and Jamie to Curved ridge and the Crowberry Tower – Jamie above sisilhouetted on the top of the Crowberry tower. Grabbing dry rock means getting to new areas. At the start of the month Hannah and I headed to the East Coast to climb at Pass of Ballater and Logiehead. Above – Hannah abseiling into the “star wall” area. Which crack next?We also had Hannahs family come to visit for a weekend at the start of the month. Hannah and Alice coming down the North face path of Ben Nevis.
We even managed a quick trip over to Holland to see my sister and family. We headed out to the island of Texel for a “Glamping” experience! Above – the stove and kettle inside the “tent” and below – some fun on the go-karts. Another shot of Gruinard Bay at the end of a days climbing at Jetty CragAnother hard day at work! – photo Calum Muskett