Archive for May, 2011

Knee Deep Snow

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Plenty of deep snow on Ben Nevis today turned back teams from Tower Ridge.

Great Glen Way

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

A pretty miserable day got worse in the afternoon. Fortunately my charity walk with a group of good folk from Twinnings Tea was much nearer to sea level than those who persevered on Ben Nevis. We walked/cycled the Great Glen Way from Banavie to Laggan Locks and hope to add the section to Fort Augustus tomorrow.

The Great Glen Way

Getting Better

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Maybe a little respite in the gloomy weather of late. Recent weeks have seen us wet paddling and cycling on the Ross of Mull.

Lambing Snows

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Considerable amounts of snow are falling on Ben Nevis today and it looks set to continue for a few days yet. Knee deep snow and drifts are being reported. The snow level is down to around 600 metres or less in places. No problem watering the garden just now, but cold conditions might be halting plant growth on the patio!

Japanese Mountains

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Three photos kindly sent from Japan by Yasuyoshi Sakai a guest of West Coast Mountain Guides over recent years.

I visited RISHIRI island starting from WAKKANAI in HOKKAIDO to see my patients at the clinic and hospital in this island.

Clearly the weather is not dissimilar to Scotland.

Thanks Yoshi.

Snow on Nevis

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

A light dusting of snow appeared yesterday on Ben Nevis down to around 900 metres.

Snow on Nevis

Alternative Adventure

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

With my wife Sue and some friends I recently spent three relaxing days exploring the Garvellachs. An island group south of Oban. Assessing the tidal flow to our advantage we departed Craignish and took the north-flowing flood tide through the Little Corryvreckan and visited quite a few islands dotted about this archipelago of remote seascape. Two nights camping on the Garvellachs, spotting Sea Eagles followed by a stiff paddle back into a south-easterly breeze. Using a kayak is a great way to approach any number of remote locations in Scotland, either inland or on the open sea. West Coast Mountain Guides can lay this alternative adventure on for interested guests.

Another dropped camera!

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Hi Alan,

On a recent trip up the Ben I managed to lose my favourite Olympus SP-350 black digital camera. I had a great day and took some great photos on number 2 gully, I didn’t take any after that and descended Ledge route back to the CIC. If anybody finds it I would be over the moon to get it back and will be happy to buy an appropriate reward!



PS: Are these people climbing leashless? If so watch out when you climb below them:)