Archive for April, 2011

Camera Dropper

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Hi Alan

Climbed Long Route yesterday – and it is long, esp when you go off route after pitch 7!

Anyway, found a camera, with attached pics on the memory card. Clearly a new camera in good condition and good pics on it. Two people in pics which may help id owner. Can you post and give my email to prospective owner? Found ‘near’ bottom of Minus One gully on approach to Orion Face but nearer to OB base, if that makes sense. Camera was in cheap black case which obviously did its job.

Usual reward of a nice bottle Chablis will suffice from owner :)

Take care

Thanks Craig. I’m still waiting for my bottle of good red from the owner of a smart phone that I returned in Edinburgh earlier this week, nudge-nudge:)

Does anyone recognise these two fine looking gentlemen, one of whom drops cameras? I’m sure I have seen them before but cannot place the name to the face!

Thanks Alan – some pics of Long Route from yesterday – lovely day if a little cold in the shade at times.  Super early pitches but seriously off line after 7 and ended up exiting too far right.  Still some snow in the basin but all avoidable and whole climb (on line) would be dry and clean.



Tower Ridge

Friday, April 29th, 2011


Hi Alan, I’ve attached a couple of photos of from yesterdays beautiful Day on Tower ridge. Julia climbing the Little Tower and the Cave pitch . It shows the only real bit of snow people would have to cross on the route if they avoid the finishing gully on the right.


A strong team is out on the Skye Ridge Traverse today in good weather, so hopefully some photos to follow. The weather is dry and windy with easterly winds drying the crags.

Great Weather

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Up trotting after work, climbers on the traverse of Route II, very happy couple on way down after Centurion. Very warm and pretty dry for this time of year, snow may be good for skiing but frozen first thing. Elated folk in the N.Face carpark after CMD round. Paddlers sticking to the deeper gorges, great cumulus for the pilots. Can’t beat a bit of sunshine to bring out the smiles.

Bruce Poll

Easter Rock and Ice

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Even  a late Easter has produced a mixture of possibilities on both rock and ice. Yesterday a distinctly rocky ascent of Curved Ridge, whilst today all snow and a little ice proved a good idea on Observatory Gully and Tower Gully.

Today I also found a nice phone on Ben Nevis. Identify it and I’ll return to the owner.


More Easter photos from Carlo

Bla Bheinn

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Thanks to Bruce Poll for this picture taken today on the Isle of Skye. The mountain is Bla Bheinn and Bruce had been on the Bla Bheinn Clach Glas Traverse from right to left on the skyline.

Bla Bheinn

Warm and Sunny

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Not much to report for a while now. The weather is warm and sunny and Easter looks set to be the same.The forecast cold weather did not materialise.

Cold Blast

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Dig out your fleeces and warm gloves as another wintry blast descends across Scotland shortly. Ne’er cast a clout till May be out!


Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

It rained and rained and rained

The average fall was well maintained

And when the tracks were simply bogs

It started raining cats and dogs

After a drought of half an hour

We had a most refreshing shower

And then the most curious thing of all

A gentle rain began to fall

Next day but one was fairly dry

Save for one deluge from the sky

Which wetted the party to the skin

And then at last the rain set in


Anonymous: From a rhyme I picked up in New Zealand, where the rain is even heavier than in Scotland. Although I don’t think that is possible just now!

Retreat from Nevis

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Two teams stayed a short while at the CIC Hut and swam back down. Seriously wet!

Some Ice Remains

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Yesterday one team climbed Tower Scoop and Smith’s Route on Ben Nevis.  They reported blizzards and spindrift and a thin first pitch on Smiths. Still raining low down.