Category Archives: Rhum Cuillin

Scottish Spring

Its no secret that Spring is the best time of year in Scotland.  Whether you’re into Climbing, Skiing, Whitewater kayaking, Sea Kayaking, Mountain Biking or Hill walking its merely a case of having the right clothes for the job and being able to read the weather forecast.  As ever I have tried to hold onto some time for personal adventures in the spring and this year have managed some adventures I’ve been planning for many years.IMG_5221

Rum Cuillin traverse with Al and Matt.  For years I’ve wanted to do a traverse of the Rum Cuillin peaks between ferries.  This is only possible on a saturday as its the only day with a morning ferry and an evening ferry – the only thing that has stopped me in the past is that I dont really do much running and 31km with 1900m of height gain always seemed a long way!   IMG_5202

Amazing scrambling on the ridges.
IMG_5204

Al and Matt running off the last main summit.  We carried onto two subsidiary tops from here.

IMG_5158Al making things hard for himself on the way up Askival

931A5792

Mark with An Sgurr of Eigg behind him.  Another thing I have been planning for years is to climb on the Sgurr of Eigg.  As one of the most prominent landmarks in the Western Isles and one of the most photographed and painted places in Scotland its just crying out to be climbed.  A good forecast had Mark and I on Eigg for two days of amazing climbing with even a bit of mountain biking (purely to access the crags) thrown in. 931A5795

Kilometers of rock and only a few recorded ascents.931A5809Mark on the steep start to Oceans Wall

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_4ec

Hannah and I also chased the sun out to Lewis for 5 days of exploring.  Anyone who hasnt been climbing on Lewis is going to get very bored of me describing how good it is.  Above – Hannah soloing an easy slab on our last day before getting the ferry home.931A5752

Sunset from the van on our third evening on LewisIMG_4954

Pools walls, Ard Uig.  An amazing crag above a tidal pool with an array of brilliant routes.  UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_4e5Theres still winter somewhere.  Malcolm Airey and clients on Tower ridge at the end of March. I managed two brilliant days of ice climbing on Ben Nevis before packing up my ice tools for the season.

 

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_4e7

Another trip I have been planning for years is to ski over to the Hutchinson Memorial hut in the Cairngorms.  While planning a couple of days scrambling with Jago and Sarah we suddenly realised that lots of snow had fallen in the East and it was a blue sky forecast.  We had an amazing ski from the summit of Ben Macdui to within 100m of the bothy door.UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_4e8

Classic Scottish spring skiing.  I was introduced to a new word – to “sprackle” appears to mean skinning across grass, heather and rocks!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Relaxing in the sun outside the Hutchie hut.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It doesnt always go to plan.  Scot and I had planned to ski the Grey corries traverse in Lochaber but a broken binding after the first summit saw us drinking coffee in the cafe instead

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I’ve had some great days climbing as usual.  Luca, Matt, Mike, Al and I headed to Neist point to escape the wind for a weekend.  Al Docherty cruising one of the many classic cracks at Neist point.  Its been pretty cold for climbing so far this spring but if you find the crags that arent in the wind its not so bad.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Matt Rowbottom on another classic crack in the sun.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I have managed to do a wee bit of work this month.  For some reason I dont have any photos of the lovely sunny days out sea kayaking – just a cold but beautiful traverse of the Skye Cuillin with Chris and Sam.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Getting ready for bed

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Chris making one of the exposed steps across the eroded dykes of the Cuillin

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

First day in the Cuillins this year for me and the first ever for Chris and Sam – the Cuillins never dissapoint!

It continues to be a fairly cold spring in Scotland so I think I’m going to continue to pack two jackets and wave my hands around a lot.

Also posted in alastair rose, ali rose, An Sgurr Climbing, Ben Nevis, Ben Nevis ice climbing, bothy, Cairngorms, Climbing, Comb Gully, Cuillin, gabbro, Hebrides Climbing, mountains to the sea, mountainstothesea, Neist Lighthouse, Rum Cuillin Traverse, scotland, Scotland climbing, skiing, Skye, Tower Ridge, Uncategorized Tagged , , , , , , , , , |

Spring is here!

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.IMG_3907 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.IMG_3915 It looks like they-re bouldering but really just sheltering from the rain and trying not to get dripped on!IMG_3928 Spring is also Duke of Edinburgh Award season. – End of another tough day at the office.IMG_3937 While on a DofE expedition I wandered down to the falls of Falloch in the evening to get this shot. IMG_3944 Loch Lomond from the West Highland WayIMG_3965 Stephen Beard cranking out one of the VS’s at Scimitar buttress.IMG_4002 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!)IMG_1988Just 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!IMG_1992Miles 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.

IMG_4030“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.
IMG_4045 Miles in the doorway after a night in the lookout.  We had a leisurely start before heading out climbing.IMG_4051 Looking back along the sea cliffs to the bothy (the small lump in the upper cliff!)IMG_4056 Miles heading up the first pitch of an adventurous VS on the cliffs below the bothylookoutPanoramic viewsIMG_4080The 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
IMG_4093Miles leading the crag classic “Jamie Jampot”  IMG_4137After 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. IMG_4146Andy Nisbet on the start of “The Hill”IMG_4154Another photo just to prove I do work! River crossing while out on a leadership assessment with the College – Mamores in the backgroundIMG_4201And 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”

Also posted in alastair rose, ali rose, Ardnamurchan, Ardnamurchan climbing, bothy, Climbing, East Face of Aonach Dubh, gabbro, Meall an Fhir Eion, mountains to the sea, mountainstothesea, scotland, Scotland climbing

Warm Water

The sea has finally warmed up along with some very hot weather and a lot of rainfall.  This means that I have actually been doing things other than climbing for once.  Sorry climbers this months photos are all watery and proof that I occasionally do other things than hang out in the mountains.  I have also managed to take some landscape photos which has fallen a little by the wayside in recent months.  IMG_1019

Sailing boat with the Cuillin of Rhum behind.  Went for a walk with Hannah today and it was meant to be torrential rain – we were a bit surprised to see this!
ArisaigpanSmall Isles from the parking spot on the walk out to Rhue.

Daveheadbanger2

Dave doing well on his first grade 4 – Headbanger on spean gorge.  A great day in a beautiful gorge! (photo courtesy of Janna)IMG_0780

I have probably put a similar photo up before – an evenings paddle from work in the sound of Luing.IMG_0802Finally got around to doing one of the local canyons.  Matt going big on the first jump.
IMG_0839 On Expedition with Pete – decided to build him a friend to admire the view with.IMG_0910 Some fishing in the rain with my sister and Adam – only three fish!IMG_1619 Spent an afternoon on Belnahua on a day where it must have been 30+deg.  Belnahua is a great place to explore but all we managed was a lot of swimming in one of the old slate mines.  Mark, Hannah and Dave JumpingIMG_1635 Dave showing us how its done.IMG_1643 Finally the nights are long enough and clear enough for some night photography.  Looking North and West from just outside my bedroom!IMG_1650Looking NW.  The white spot is a yachts mast head light in the Black Isle Gap.MattfairystepsMatt working hard on Fair Steps at the start of Spean Gorge.

Also posted in alastair rose, ali rose, Arisaig, Belnahua, Headbanger rapid, Kayaking, scotland, Scottish Kayaking, Spean Gorge, Uncategorized