Finally now that winter is drawing to a close I have time to look at some of the photos from the last couple of months. From my return to Scotland in early February the skiing and winter climbing seasons have been truly spectacular.
The themes for my winter have definitely been climbing routes that I never thought I would (for various reasons) and climbing routes that were only just in condition (while everyone else seemed to always be on routes in perfect condtions!). Above a photo taken by Joe Rochford of me leading the big ice pitch of Raeburns Buttress direct a rarely climbed ice route to the right of Boomers Requiem.
One of my funner weeks this winter was with Mel and Sharna who mainly sung songs from Frozen on the belays or their own special rendition of “If you like it then you should have put a sling on it”. We had an amazing week getting to lots of different venues around Lochaber and reviewing the hot chocolates of a variety of hotels.
Brian on the second pitch of “Gully of the Gods” on Beinn Bhan. We woke up on Skye this morning to heavy rain – funny when one of your dream routes becomes a consolation prize.
Mark Chambers and Chucky soloing the first section of the infamous “Crab Crawl” on Creag Meagidh. We had high hopes for this but again changed from one brilliant objective to another. We only did the first 5th of Crab Crawl (400m!) before we decided to do “Smiths Route” instead.
It wouldn’t be winter without the hot aches. Rachel had just finished two weeks of nights as a doctor but still insisted we go and climb ice in the pouring rain. She paid for it (as did I) with some pretty bad Hot Aches and a lot of wet kit.