Archive for May, 2010

Good climbing on Tower Ridge

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Only a couple of moves on snow required on Tower Ridge now. The ‘Eastern Traverse’ is clear, and the ‘Fallen Block’ chimney can be avoided on the left by a few big pulls on good jugs. The only spot where you need to touch snow is just below the final moves , well above Tower Gap. Many of the big easy gullies are still complete, but blocks of snow and ice were melting and falling down Observatory Gully today in large amounts,

Mark the Mountain Guide

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Mark the Mountain Guide is producing a series of children’s books. Check them out on uTube.

Still showery and Steall Bridge is bust!

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Still pretty unsettled weather with heavy showers around in between the sunshine. Anyone thinking of getting on or off the Mamores from Steall, please be aware that the wire bridge has broken. This essential passage needs to be reinstated very quickly or river crossing incidents will become an issue, especially in high water conditions. There has been a bridge in this area for hundreds of years, not just for accessing the hills but during periods when folk lived in the crofts around this area.

Today groups were crossing over towards the waterfall at a number of points. Some parties were even descending the true left bank of the gorge towards the upper Glen Nevis car park. This is a potentially serious, exposed and slippery area.

Snow Sun Cold Warm

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Four seasons in thirty minutes over this last few days. Working on a film shoot on Buachaille Etive Mor. O ne blog that is worth a look is posted by Di Gilbert. Thanks for the photos Di. Also thanks to Richard Bentley for organising the whole safety back up and location expertise. I just turned up on the day to work.

Dry rock in Glen Coe

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

A very warm and dry day today with plenty of rock climbs from Crowberry Ridge to Grooved Arete and January Jigsaw plus Agag’s Groove to name but a few. No midges where we were either. Tower Ridge by all accounts still has some gnarly old ice left on it so crampons at least might be a good addition to your rucsac for the time being.

Marie Curie on Skye

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

If you fancy a weekend away walking through the heart of the Black Cuillin on the Isle of Skye whilst raising funds for a good cause, why not check out the link below.

Marie Curie Cancer Care Logo

Glen Sligachan and Marsco

Part of the Marie Curie route will travel from Camasunary through Glen Sligachan and beneath Marsco.

Glen Sligachan and Bla Bheinn

A view from the Skye Ridge looking down on Glen Sligachan. The simple walking route for the MarieĀ  Curie mountain challenge follows the glen floor and does not have any real difficulties. The well marked walking path can be see in the valley bottom in this photo above.

Isle of Rum

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Thanks to Rich Hill for these photos taken from the Rum Cuillin recently. Memories of the FA Cup unfortunately!! Anyone interested in a trip to this beautiful island please get in touch.

Fresh snow but becoming warmer

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Ben Nevis summit

Hi Alan

As you can see from attached, although we didn’t have the best of conditions, we made it. It was worth the trip – thanks for your advice.

Cheers, Mike

Thanks Mike. The recent cold showery conditions are forecast to get milder. I must get out to plant the ‘Tatties’ and winter might be officially finished!

Cold and damp

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

The weather is still chilly and today rather damp and windy. Yesterday was very fine. Today has been wet, cold and windy. Some old snow still lies in various shadowy hollows but is easily avoided on such outings as the Aonach Eagach for instance. The photos in this gallery were taken yesterday. On the shot of Etive Slabs two climbers can just be seen in the middle of the shot. Most probably on The Long Reach.

Cool and Dry

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Still cool and dry on the west coast and the rock is nice and dry. On Ben Nevis snow remains in large amounts on the north face and also above 1200 metres on the mountain track. Elsewhere, on lower hills most snow patches are avoidable on outings such as the ‘Ring of Steall’. The two photos below were taken yesterday.

Ben Nevis from Glenfinnan

Isle of Skye from the Ardnamurchan Peninisula