Monthly Archives: July 2015

A little bit of everything

Sometimes the weather just doesnt play ball.  June has been one of those months.  After some good weather in May, June rolled in pretty stormy which always makes planning difficult.  I had some varied work in June along with a few days off and my friend Justin coming to visit so flexibility was the name of the game.  June has been a whirlwind of activity and as the whirlwind is continuing heres the photos in no particular order.IMG_4807 I spent 4 days in Knoydart with a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Group.  This is an area that I have spent a fair bit of time in but usually in winter and not for a number of years.  Above – Kinbreak bothy (the red dot) hidden in the hills on the edge of KnoydartIMG_4815 Shelter from the storm.  The group did really well considering the rain and midges!IMG_4818 Sourlies bothy with a carpet of ThriftIMG_4822 On our way to Inverie on the last day I was struck by the starkness of the ruined building and the stormy clouds.  Its amazing to think of people living in such isolated places.IMG_4842_1 Justin and I managed to fit in a couple of adventures in amongst the weather. Above – our bivy site in Coire Lagan.IMG_4848_1 Jet Boil Master.  IMG_4851_1 Stunning views from the Lagan Traverse in the evening lightIMG_4908 I headed up to Reiff with Hannah for a quick getaway last weekend.  Hannah soloing on the stunning sandstoneIMG_4932

Scott and Kirsty (and later Andy and Miles) joined us.  Scott leading the awesome “Hy Brasil”IMG_2069 Justin and I joined a party headed out to Canna – early morning logistics and a bit of damp weather was well worth the adventure. Above – the boats on the ferry crossing out to the islandIMG_2080 Justin and Nigel sitting off the amazing bird colonies.IMG_2085 Exploring the sea caves and sea stacksIMG_2099 IMG_4726 I also did a little canoeing on the Spey with a Gold DofE training group – Above – Too much food for the barrel!IMG_4735 It was stunning on the river and actually too hot at timesIMG_4753 IMG_4781 Straight after the Spey, Justin, Rob and I headed for the classic Tower Ridge.  Turns out there was still a bit of snow around!IMG_4794Rob contemplating the step down into the gap.

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