Its definitely the changing of the seasons here in Fort William. Fresh snow out on the hill today but bright sunshine and long daylight hours. I thought I would get a quick blog done before the end of the month as I have a few days work coming up and already loads of great photos from April. I went bouldering! Or rather I watched some friends boulder and drank some rather nice ginger tea. Naomi cranking it out on the heather hat boulder. It looks like they-re bouldering but really just sheltering from the rain and trying not to get dripped on! Spring is also Duke of Edinburgh Award season. – End of another tough day at the office. While on a DofE expedition I wandered down to the falls of Falloch in the evening to get this shot. Loch Lomond from the West Highland Way Stephen Beard cranking out one of the VS’s at Scimitar buttress. My sister and Adam stopped in for a night after their honeymoon and I took them on the obligatory Fort William walk up to Steall Falls. My sis on the bridge (only because our other sister had done it!)Just to prove it was in fact Spring we decided to go canyoning in the Allt Mhuillin. Miles, Hannah and Andy feeling ready for some snow melt below Ben Nevis!Miles Abseiling while Andy goes for the jump
Next up Miles and I had planned to head to skye for the Cuillin Ridge. The weather decided that it wanted to change our plans so we headed to Rubha Huinnish instead.
“The Lookout” Bothy at Rubha Huinnish. As the most northerly tip of Skye we knew it was going to be good but it really was spectacular with big cliffs on all sides and amazing views.
Miles in the doorway after a night in the lookout. We had a leisurely start before heading out climbing. Looking back along the sea cliffs to the bothy (the small lump in the upper cliff!) Miles heading up the first pitch of an adventurous VS on the cliffs below the bothyPanoramic viewsThe next morning we headed to the Elgol sea cliffs for a quick couple of routes. Miles traversing the bottom of the cliff with views to Rum and Eigg
Miles leading the crag classic “Jamie Jampot” After the Skye trip I was trying to line up climbing partners with good weather days. First up (above) a great day in Ardnamurchan with Brodie and (below) a great day at Creag Dubh with James, Andy, Masa, Steve and Scott. Andy Nisbet on the start of “The Hill”Another photo just to prove I do work! River crossing while out on a leadership assessment with the College – Mamores in the backgroundAnd finally a great day at the East Face of Aonach Dubh with Graham and Hannah. After getting confused about routes early on we then managed to climb all three E3’s on the face and some quality HVS’s. Above – Graham leading the “The Fly”