Monthly Archives: November 2014

Putting the miles in.

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.Gruinardbaypan

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.IMG_1204IMG_1189 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”IMG_1211 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”IMG_1224 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!IMG_1228 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.IMG_2803 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?IMG_2809We 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.
IMG_2820 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.IMG_2883 IMG_2906Another shot of Gruinard Bay at the end of a days climbing at Jetty CragGolspie CragAnother hard day at work! – photo Calum Muskett

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