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Winter Ridges



January has been busy already and its only half way through!  The celebrations didn’t stop after new year – we came back to Fort William for Pete and Kag’s house warming party, to meet our new lodgers and throw a house warming party or our own (the next night!).  The weather was looking great but the avalanche conditions not so great on the day of the house warming so Gile, Adam and I decided on a quick romp along the wonderful Aonach Eagach ridge.  The conditions have stayed largely the same with only the very brave or the very stupid climbing anything other than ridges on the west coast just now.  Things have now calmed down a bit on the avalanche front and the winter climbing season is definitely here.

The house warming party was great with lots of food and drink and music and it has been non-stop since then…..

1Adam and Giles on the Aonach Eagach with Stob coire an Lochain behind
2Coming along the ridge
3Adams first day in crampons – Quality equipment!
4House warming – Ninian and Lettie providing some tunes
5Adam struggling on the second big night and a day in the mountains
6The end of the night.
7 A few days later Hannah and I headed out with our new lodgers Georgia and Luis to climb “Golden Oldy” and easy (grd II) ridge on the west face of Aonach Mor – Hannah enjoying herself on the upper part of the ridge.

Luis and Georgia on Golden Oldy – A great route for a short day as you can get the Aonach Mor Gondola to and from the snow line making the walk in pretty short!9

Georgia, Luis and Hannah on the summit
10The next day it was off to Ben Nevis with Alfie – The avalanche forecast was “considerable” so we were going to be pretty limited on what we could climb.  The view as you walk into the North face of the Ben never fails to inspire.

We decided on “SW ridge” (IV,5) of the Douglas boulder.  This is a great route when everything else is to risky to get to. – Alfie on the upper section 12 Alfie getting to the last belay.

Then the weather looked good enough again to tempt me out on the Aonach Eagach with Luis and Georgia for another round.  We left the house at 5am to get the best weather.

13Luis coming onto the first summit just before dawn
14View to Stob coire an Lochain in the first light.15

Sunrise over Bidean Nan Bian16

Scottish winter always looks like this – really.17

Georgia climbing one of the technical sections on the Aonach Eagach

And finally – I headed out with Charlie and Sue to take some photo for Charlies new business venture – Clay pigeon shooting on the side of Loch Leven.

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Next week its off to Glenmore lodge so will probably have too much stuff in my bag to justify carrying a camera and then hopefully more winter climbing and maybe even some skiing.

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Winter is Coming

It has felt like winter is coming for the last week of so (as well as being a great geek reference to the books I am reading just now!) but actually yesterday felt like Summer up in the Stob Coire an Lochain with Adrian and Laura.  The big August storms have started to roll in though with high winds and lots of rain making life more interesting.  I actually prefer the wild weather and can even admit to enjoying the days shortening toward winter though I may well tell a different story in a couple of months.  The last few weeks have involved some catching up with friends and family, the odd adventure and a whole lot of working out what happens at the end of the summer which is fast approaching.

I did some instructing rather than boat driving a few weeks ago and headed to the wonderful “Holy Isle” of the Garvellachs on expedition.  Snapped this classic shot of Columba’s Mothers grave above the monastry (one of the oldest in Scotland)

Still waters and a high tide outside the main house.

Lightning show to the east of us while the kids are out on the survival exersize

My parents and grandmother came to stay for a night and we did some exploring with Hannahs dad and relatives as well.  Here on the Summit of Lung.  (including my 86 year old Grandmother and 6 month year old Finn (the dog)!)

I have been planning this shot for a while but not planning enough!  forgot the tripod but still got this.  Looking North over the slate islands from the summit of the island.

Panoramic from the high point of Belnahua – one of the main slate islands.  

Yesterday Adrian and Laura and I climbed “Tilt” in Stob Coire an Lochain in Glen Coe – great fun if slightly damp – Above , Adrian leading the second pitch

Laura and Adrian about to top out of the last pitch

Topping out in the evening light.  Adrian and Laura with the Anoach Eagach behind.

Anoach Eagach.

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