Archive for the ‘Glencoe’ Category

Curved Ridge

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

It was a wet day on the hill today but we did see the sun if only for a wee while. The freezing level was around the summits. Lots of wet snow about. The Ridge was  in great condition, still loads of snow up there and a good track now too. Thanks Tim.

 

Emma on Curved Ridge Glen Coe

Emma on Curved Ridge Glen Coe

Still some big cornices about!

Still some big cornices about!

Blue Sky

Blue Sky

A wild weekend

Monday, February 24th, 2014

It been a wet and wild weekend here in Scotland, but not all is lost.

We had teams out climbing on Saturday making the most of the weekend. Andy was climbing with Robert and Jonathan, they climbed Curved Ridge. They reported it was good fun, but a tad moist! Scott was out with Bart and Martin, they headed to the SW ridge of the Douglas Boulder on Ben Nevis. Jamie was out in Glen Coe, they headed in to SCNL for some winter skill. On the Sunday all teams wisely all went to the Ice Factor. It was not a day to be on the hill. Plenty of avalanches were reported over the day. This is the thaw  we have been waiting for, it will hopefully settle the Ben down and bring some of the classic route into condition.

I was over on the east climbing with Scott, John, Ian and Chris. They climbed Fiacaill Couloir and Invernookie, both were in very good condition. Next Day we headed round to Lurcher,s with the aim of climbing North Gully. It was very busy, so we settled for one of the grade three gullies to the left of North Gully. Some nice ice climbing in the sun and no wind.

Martin and Bart on SW Ridge DB

Martin and Bart on SW Ridge DB

SW Ridge DB

SW Ridge DB

Jonathan and Robert on Curved Ridge

Jonathan and Robert on Curved Ridge

LOADS of water!

LOADS of water!

The ice is holding in their. It will get better when the cooler temps arrive again.

The ice is holding in their. It will get better when the cooler temps arrive again.

SCNL

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Today me an Karl headed up to SCNL and climbed Chimney Route. Other teams were on Dorsal Arete (Loads of them) Reaburns Route and boomerang gully were all climbed. It does need to refreeze  up there as everything was very wet by the end of the day.

 

A nice start to the day. Did not last though :-(

A nice start to the day. Did not last though :-(

looking down the first pitch.

looking down the first pitch.

karl topping out on the first pitch.

karl topping out on the first pitch.

Karl on the 2nd pitch.

Karl on the 2nd pitch.

SCNL and more Snow….

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Today we headed into a very snowy SCNL. We managed to find our way to Scabbard Chimney with the help of a compass! the route is in amazing condition easy climbing but not very many runners, the same goes for Spectre.  All good fun though. Other teams climbed Twisting Groves, Raeburns Route, Dorsal Arete and a team hoovering their way up Crest Route Effort!

Karl on  Scabbard chimney

Karl on Scabbard chimney

we just about found the ab point!

we just about found the ab point!

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North Buttress

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Today Chris was on North Buttress with Ben. They had a great day climbing  snice (Snow and Ice).IMG_20140215_170103 IMG_20140215_170159Guy was also out on the hill. he went to the Zig Zags for some lead climb coaching. He reported only seeing one other team head in to SCNL.

SCNL

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

A couple of pictures from Andy R who was out on Dorsal Arete on Sunday. A lot of snow in the corrie and more has fallen over the last few days. Heres a link to some climbing footage in SCNL Keith Ball and James Thacker climbing Inclination http://vimeo.com/86490146.

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John on Dorsal Arete

The Nevis Range this morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also on my day off last friday we (me and Adam Hughes) climbed Centurion on Carn Dearg Buttress. Here’s some pics what a cool route.

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Ben Nevis and Glen Coe

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

We had teams out on Ben Nevis and out in Glen coe today. quite wild and damp on the ben today, Me and steve climbed the SW ridge of the Douglas Boulder with a few other teams. Some other teams out on Gutless, Cutlass and fawtly towers.Steve on the SW ridge

 

Hannah was out with Keith and Charlie on Buachaille Etive Beag on the last day off their intro weekend. They had much better weather over there and even a view!

 

Gaz D was out with Greg and went up the Zig Zags. Andy R was climbing with John and ronnie they climbed Dorsal arete. They reported a lot of snow in the corrie. A team was on Inclination.P1050341 P1050349

Last two days of the climbing courses.

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Thursday we headed in to the ben hope to climb on the Dougles boulder but the weather had other plans. We got to the CIC and then decided to head back to the car. we spent the afternoon in Glen nevis rocking climbing.

Today Me, Mark and Chris headed up to SCNL to climb Raeburns route. the route was in brilliant condition loads off snow/snice! good fun climbing if not a wee busy on the route. A nice route finish the week on.

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SCNL, North buttress

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

We had a team out on the climbing course today.

SCNL

SCNL Spot the climbers

Topping out on Twisting Gully

Topping out on Twisting Gully

Made it

Made it

Sun Shine!

Sun Shine!

Mark and Chris climbed Twisting Gully 4 stars. Good condition deep snow at the base but other than that good ice and snow to climb. Other routes climbed were chimney route (an Ice climb at the mo) Central grooves, Raeburns route, SC gully (Not sure what happened at the cornice) and dorsal Arete has a good track now!

Adam was out climbing as well with steven and Ed they climbed North Buttress. They reported very good conditions both on the route and in the Clachaig Inn.

North buttress

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

The climbing team was out on north buttress today, sorry no pics as the camera stopped working. was good fun a wee damp but got better the higher you climbed. should be really good after a hard freeze. Lots of avalanche activity in Coire na Tulaich See the SAIS pictures. Adam H was out on the zig zags with  Steven,Edward and Frances.