Archive for June, 2008


Saturday, June 21st, 2008

Snow reported on Ben Nevis yesterday. Certainly unsettled and cool just now.

Dull and Bright on the Cuillin

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Clach Glas from the Portree roadHeavy showers and cloudscapes on The Isle of Skye

Traversing around the coast from Glenbrittle towards the southern end of the Cuillin Ridge. A good path leads as far as the outlet from Coir a’Ghrunnda. If this path could be extended to Loch Scavaig, Skye would have the very best coastal path in the whole of Europe, if not the world.

A small ornament adorns the summit of Sgurr Alasdair. This well-worn little Squirrel has been placed on the top of the highest peak on The Isle of Skye.

“Somewhere” on the Skye Ridge

Thrift is seen from low tide to high summits. An incredibly adaptable plant. These plants and the one below were seen on Sgurr Dubh Mor, above 900 metres. The small blue flower is Viola.

The barren wastes of the high Black Cuillin Ridge are softened at this season with many small and hardy plants. The picture above is just one example to be seen around the 900 metre mark. Check out the benefits of this very colourful and hardy plant.

…”Though little known as a medicinal plant, rose root has been used in traditional European medicine for over three thousand years, mainly as a tonic. Modern research has shown that it increases the body’s resistance to any type of stress by regulating the body’s hormonal response. Its use has been shown to have a protective effect upon the neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine in the brain. It improves neurotransmitter activity by inhibiting their enzymatic destruction and preventing their decline caused by excessive stress hormone release. Rose root also enhances the transport of serotonin’s precursors into the brain and studies have shown that use of this herb can increase brain serotonin by up to 30%. The root is adaptogen. It has an enhancing effect upon physical endurance and sexual potency. A decoction of the flowers has been used to treat stomach aches and intestinal discomfort. The raw flowers have been eaten in the treatment of tuberculosis”…

Taken from

Summer has finally arrived

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Sub Aqua grade 20 Cuillin scrambling on Sgurr a’Mhadaidh and Sgurr a’Greadaidh today as the dry spell falls apart big style (for now). These two ‘Munros’ are easily climbed in poor weather after an ascent to An Dorus from the Glenbrittle Hostel. In mist take care not to ascend too far south on the approach from the upper corries, as this can lead into a similar but harder climb than towards An Dorus.

A wee bit damp today.

In descent we had to follow the north side of the burn towards the Hostel as it had risen considerably in the short time since we crossed it in ascent.

Hey Bill, lost your nipple! Keep sucking and don’t forget to come up for air.

Still Dry – Getting Colder – Unsettled

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Fine and Dry and Fun on the Black Cuillin

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

A couple of the fantastic collection of photos taken on the ridge.

Please thank Spike for a brilliant time – it was such fun.

Best wishes


Inaccessible Pinnacle

A very brief and insignificant amount of rain passed through yesterday, but today it’s back to sunshine and dry rock.

Isle of Skye yesterday

Ben Nevis
Ben Nevis today.

Wheelchairs on Ben Nevis

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

A very busy day on Saturday on Ben Nevis. I was involved with Marie Curie Cancer Care. Thanks to Gavin Kellett for these three images. We were not the only charity enjoying the superb weather and the supreme effort of the teams involved with Wheelchairs on Ben Nevis
was awesome.

The John Muir Trust were also on the mountain building up the important cairns on the summit plateau. Thanks for that, please make sure some of them are really high, and appear above the winter snows.

Unfortunately JMT do not share much enthusiasm with mountain charity events and would rather they went elsewhere. Personally I feel they should have thought about that before buying the mountain. JMT own many other mountain estates, which are undoubtedly iconic wild land areas and should remain that way. Ben Nevis, due to its height supremacy in the UK will always attract a different type of visitor from those who prefer solitude. Mountains like people need treating in a variety of ways and Nevis is no exception. The mountain, due to it’s popularity has the potential to pay its way.

I’m not sure of the numbers involved over the weekend, but it was well into 1,000′s. It would be really great if all of those who climb Ben Nevis could be encouraged to put £1.00 into the upkeep of the ‘Mountain Path’. If everyone could offer up a simple quid it would raise well over £100K per annum. Then, all of those folk who spend hours in committee rooms, struggling to find methods of raising revenue for footpath upkeep could get out more!

Better still, an Alpine Lodge at the Halfway Lochan would really solve all of the issues surrounding funding for Britain’s highest peak.

Sunny and Warm

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Yesterday on the Aonach Eagach Ridge, Glen Coe. Fragments of winter snow hanging on at the top of Bidean nam Bian. Thanks to Spike Sellers for taking these shots, out with Patricia and John.