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I usually manage a climbing trip to some far flung destination every year but this year looks a little different.  I have so many places I still want to get to in Scotland and with the vote on independence this month (yesterday!) I decided to stay at home.  First up was the Loch A’an basin in the Cairngorms.  If you have never seen this side of the cairngorms scroll down to the last couple of pictures and I’m sure it will entice.  For me I really wanted to get some routes done on the shelterstone and managed to convince Adam into walking in at night to go for “The Needle” the next day.  Before the needle (and before Adam got up) I nipped up Afterthought arete and we headed back to Stag rocks in the evening to climb “Monarch of the Glen”.  The day after we climbed “Prince of Darkness” on Hells Lum – Same grade as the Needle but a fair bit harder in my opinion!

IMG_1043Adam starting up the first pitch of the needle.  This route was first climbed by one of my all time heros Robin Smith – Hard to picture him leading this stuff in 1960!
IMG_1068Adam enjoying another exposed pitch with Hells Lum crag in the background.IMG_2536Midgies!  Enough to ruin any climbing day but thankfully only in our camp for a wee while at dawn and dusk.
IMG_2537My wee yellow tent below the Sheltersone crag.  Just like Yosemite really!
IMG_2542Looking down the wonderfull Loch A’an at dawn.
IMG_2544Carn Etchacan, Shelterstone and Hells Lum from the head of Loch A’an
IMG_2556The trouble with climbing (or maybe its the best thing about it!) is that once you do the route you want to do you see another couple that look just as good or better.  I could spend a fortnight camped in the same place and climb every day, especially if I get to wake up to this view every morning!

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Winter Colours

Winter was here but now it seems its gone again and we are back with Autum.  The move to Fort William has finally been paying off in the last couple of weeks – living in the “Adventure Capital of the UK”.  We are still very much in a transitory period living with our friends Sue and Charlie and doing a lot of driving to get things done and see other friends.  This is definitely boating season up here just now with the odd wintery bit thrown in and for once I have actually been using my kayaks!  A range of photos below of the last couple of weeks.


I was over at Glenmore lodge for a day (re)assessment and spent the night parked beside the beautiful Loch Morlich.  I new the day was going to go fine when I woke up to this.

At the last minute I went over to Perthshire to help with safety on the “Tay Descent”  Bob and I were sweep/safety for the OC1 class (people in canoes who dont have any friends).  It was great craic paddling with Bob all day and even doing a couple of rescues.IMG_0268

Just before the start at Dunkeld.IMG_0273

The next day Bob and Robin and I headed over the Leny – Robin and I were both under the weather with colds but it was great to be on the water and watch Bob in his canoe on a pretty full river at grade 3 and 4.IMG_0283

We carried on down to where the Leny joins the Teith and picked up Hannah (making Bob OC2 as he then had a friend).  Spot Robins green boat above.


Bob and Hannah storming down Tory rapid on the Teith amongst the Autum colours.


Hannah and I headed into Glen Coe the next day for a short hill day on Buachille Etive Beag – Funny how many times I have been up its big brother but never this one.  Brilliant day of storms rolling past.  Above – Looking West along the B.E.B. Ridge.hannahstormcoming

Hannah walking towards the storm.  It hit just as we opened the oatcakes!


Wild day in the mountains.  IMG_0434

Last Sunday we headed out to one of my favourite mountains – Garbh Bheinn (Ardgour).  I snapped this as we waited for the Corran Ferry.


View from the Summit.  Far Left is Ben Nevis, Middle (roughly) is Glen Coe.  Brilliant day and the light just got better as we headed down the ridge.

On the Summit


Hannah playing with my fisheye lens – did I mention I’m doing Movember?
islesglencoeA quick shot on the drive home on Sat after I had been up in Glen Coe for a nip up the classic “Dorsal Arete” in Stob Coire nan Lochan.  The Pap of Glen Coe from the Isles of Glencoe hotel.


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