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Fine weather

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

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Early morning lights on the North Face of the Lenspitze. Great day on the traverse of the Porchengrat. Brilliant route up and down.

May to September

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

We had our busiest May on Skye before heading to the Alps in June. It’s been a very mixed summer of weather over here. Plans changed regularly. Now nearing the end in Saas Grund before heading back to Skye. Will post up some photos as memories of summer 2014

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Long summer

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

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Moody skies last week in the Bernese Oberland. Nearly had it all to ourselves. Conditions on the 4000s very wintery 

Back on Skye

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

A great start to our Skye programme this weekend, with light winds and drying conditions despite the forecast led to a comfortable warm bivvy above Ciore na Bannadich and fine ridge weather. We even had a few glimpses of the glens below at times. No other traffic on the ridge either.

Clearing tonight for  a great start to the week with Munroists and climbers.

On the way to Gars Bhein we nearly stepped on an adder, great camouflage and the red deer were far from camouflaged against the Black Cuillin.2014-05-10 19.27.18 2014-05-10 11.23.26 2014-05-10 11.39.15

Stob Ban

Sunday, March 30th, 2014
Dion and Mike enjoying the good views

Dion and Mike enjoying the good views

Today Dion, Mike and myself headed up to Stob Ban for some Mont Blanc training. winds were light temps were just right all though it could have been colder. We Descended the north ridge which gave us some good sport and exposure on the snow crests. The weather did eventually clear and we were rewarded with some good views.

 

CIC Hut

Friday, March 28th, 2014

To day John and I climbed Thompsons route which was in excellent condition and with a nice walk to the summit and decent vis core Leis, it was a nice way to finish are quick hit to the cic hut. Sorry about the lack o pics my battery said no due to the cold.

Good conditions a lover the mountain at the moment and a lot of ice to go at as well. care is still needed as their are still some large cornices about. Point five’s is still very big. Routes climbed to day, Orion direct, Sickle, green gully tower ridge are the ones that I could see. I’m sure more got climbed. Defiantly worth a walk!

John enjoying Good snice on Thompsons.

John enjoying Good snice on Thompsons.

SCNL Twisting Gully

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Yesterday Colin and I heading in to SCNL to have a look. We found loads of snow and the trail from the previous day gone. We made our way slowly but steadily in to the corrie and eventually up to Twisting Gully. The wind was blowing strait up the crag so the gully was striped back to good climbable snow . we started up twisting groves looking for some interesting climbing as the the first main pitch of Twisting gully is almost gone.

twisting gully. nice views but windy!

twisting gully. nice views but windy!

a little further up the gully. wind assisted

a little further up the gully. wind assisted

Ah the iced mono a good indication of spin drift!

Ah the iced mono a good indication of spin drift!

Was good to get in the sun.

Was good to get in the sun.

Winter is back!

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

With a rather large dump of snow last night any idea of heading up ben nevis was put on hold! So me Steve and Richard wadded are way up to the East Ridge of the north top. brilliant fun loads of snow and some sun shine on the way down!

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Sun Shine! not seen that  much.

Sun Shine! not seen that
much.

Second half of the CIC hut week.

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Well the weather continued to be un helpful but with a few extra coffees in the morning and a few late starts we managed to get some climbing done, Garadh gully into glovers chimney (this was an expedition!), moonlight gully, an attempt on Observatory Buttress but the weather had other ideas one abseil and then tower scoop and upper tower cascade rescued the day. The Last day was an early start and it was a trip up to no.3 Gully buttress, and came away with two-step start in to no.3 Gully Buttress and Thompsons Route a good way to finish a full scottish week at the CIC Hut. IMG_3428 IMG_3426

Mike and Ian on tower ridge.

Mike and Ian on tower ridge.

Both teams on the top of no.3 gully buttress.

Both teams on the top of no.3 gully buttress.

Tim, Stephen and David

Tim, Stephen and David

Me, Ian and Mike

Me, Ian and Mike

Warm and wet but cold again tomorrow. Fingers crossed

Friday, March 14th, 2014

A wee bit wetter than forecasted this morning and a colder forecast we decided to move are climbing day till tomorrow. We are all hoping that the ice routes are holding in up on the ben time will tell.

In the mean time this is worth a read and considering when you are making plans to climb this week.

This not today! but lets hope it returns, fingers crossed.

This not today! but lets hope it returns, fingers crossed.

http://saismeagaidh.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/conundrum.html