The house warming at Ardachy continues but I thought that I should get a quick post in before more people arrive and more exciting things happen. There have been hoards of people at Ardachy enjoying Tony Francis’s hospitality on Mull and getting up to some amazing adventures. People have come from all over and it has been amazing to be with friends old and new in such a spectacular place.
Just before the house warming Hannah and I went to see my family who were staying at Duntroon. We went for a walk and got some unique views back across the sound of Luing (where we work in the summer) towards the Ross of Mull
First day of the house warming – Main Wall at Erraid, brilliant single pitch climbing on immaculate pink granite above the sea. Climbers on “Oliver” (VS 4c) and “Walls without balls” (E1 5b)
It might be sunny but its still not too warm – Ruaridh happy in his down jacket.
Jo on “One Dead Puffin” (HVS 5a) at Erraid – the route on the front of Scottish Rock guidebook (probably had more ascents than the rest of Erraid put together because of this!)
The main evening of the house warming with music and whisky in full flow in the Yurt
Charlie and Matt in full swing
The next morning was a bit hazy but Ruaridh and I went and climbed “White Shite ” (VS 4c), one of the only multipitches around. Great fun and better (and harder) than the name (and grade) suggest. – Climbing purists might be able to spot my quality gear hanging on the rope, this is not a route to get your gear wrong on!
Ruaridh on one of the cruxes of White Shite
Steven scaring us as he goes for it up the upper flake of “Troglodyte” (HVS 5a) at Scoor, Dune Wall (for the climbers – his last gear is underneath the overlap!)
The beautiful Dune wall in the late afternoon sun
Next up Robin, Clare, Bob and baby Anna showed up with a few sea kayaks….
Hannah, Tony and I headed around Iona for the day. Above – the boats pulled up on the beach at our lunch break (you can just sea snow on Ben More)
Yesterday Bob, Robin and I paddled out to Staffa to check out Fingals cave. Above – Bob and Robin in the mouth
of the cave
Bob “This is so good I never need to go sea kayaking again” Taylor looking happy – you can just sea robin coming through the small sea arch behind him
Its a long way home!
On the way home with Staffa behind
An HDR shot of my new sea kayak on the beach at Staffa
Now theres a few more people to show up to make sure the house is properly warm and then I should really do some work next week!