Hi Alan and Sue,
I hope conditions are still ok on Ben Nevis and that you are still doing some good guiding.
Thanks again to both of you for making it easier for us with the stories of baggage loss, etc…
We had a fantastic week, the best I ever had on Ben Nevis at the moment.
I send you a short selection of pictures.
We could climb the following routes, all of them in perfect conditions (Curtain a bit dry, a short selection of Camalots is useful for the beginning).
Sunday : Carn Dearg Cascades and 2 first pitches of Vanishing Gully
Monday : Hadrian’s Wall. After we saw you at the hut, I climbed alone Point Five
Tuesday : Glovers’s Chimney and Pigott’s Route, a very nice one, thanks to the Marshall ans Smith week movie makers advice.
Wednesday : Point Five Gully. After turning back to the hut with the clients, I took advantage of the afternoon perfect weather to climb alone Orion Face Direct (at last, 20 years after the first time I climbed it), Zero Gully, Tower Ridge (all of these going down through Tower Gully) and Green Gully before dark, too much starving and a need of whisky. A lot of pleasure, going light and listening hard rock on routes in perfect conditions !
Thursday : Minus Two Gully, exit North East Buttress to the top, a another one I had dreamed of after reading Dougal Haston’s book “En haut lieux” in french, when I was young. A very cold day especially on the ridge with clouds and wind.
Friday before taking the bus : The Curtain, very nice with a short mixed section at the beginning and thin ice for a few meters.
I thought it would be my last year with clients, but I will come back, it was too good !