Archive for July, 2011

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Today was a very fine day, starting from the Kingshouse Hotel and trekking back to Glen Nevis along the West Highland Way. A distance of around 23 miles. Fifty one participants took part on behalf of Marie Curie Cancer Care. Well done everyone. A great effort in good weather.

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Rain incoming

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Although today has again been glorious, this evening has a dampness on the breeze!

Ben Nevis this afternoon

Tower Ridge

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

The sun  is still shining:-))))   Recently on Tower Ridge. Well done Spike and Noelle.

Whilst I was away

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Check out Spike Sellers. He has been running various scrambling and climbing courses for West Coast Mountain Guides whilst I was away working in  the Alps. The slide set shown was on a scrambling course. Still space on a similar course. Details at. Thanks Spike.

Good to be home

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Yesterday on leaving Chamonix the weather looked good in the morning. Today on Ben Nevis the rock is dry and the weather is very good. Great to be home for a while.

Observatory Ridge today with climbers enjoying the fine weather


Mt Blanc yesterday


Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Wet but happy

We followed the forecast, drank coffee until the sun came out. Went up into the Aiguille Rouge. The rain came back and the forecast was not quite correct. We retreated!

Petite Aiguille Verte

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Overnight rain and plenty of new snow lying to low elevations. Fortunately the weather forecast provided a window of reasonable conditions, allowing a good but wintry ascent of Petite Aiguille Verte. The higher peaks are covered in considerable amounts of new snow, some of which will avalanche, so be very careful with route choice in the next few days. One team we spoke to did retreat from the Grand Paradiso, where an avalanche was triggered just below the summit.


Wet in the Alps

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

If you are watching the Tour du France you’ll know the weather is poor in the alps. We were fortunate enough to gain two good days out of three, including a wonderful traverse of Aiguille du Tour yesterday. Sunday was not good at all, as the alps gathered the tail of the adverse weather which passed over northern Europe.

As with a number of other groups, Mt Blanc is not a sensible option just now with new snow down to 2000m. Even the guardian at the Cosmiques Hut advises a few days before setting foot on Mt Blanc du Tacul! Today it is raining in Chamonix and snowing on the mountains, with no good settled weather in the near future.


Very Sunny

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Much better weather with good snow conditions and dry rock. Again on the N.E. Ridge of the Grandes Montets, with access to the rocky section much lower down on this occasion. Overall a grade of AD with bits of  V.Diff, depending on the line taken. Access off of the col is getting pretty icy and gritty. A good training day all together.



Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

A very wet admin day indoors today, watching Mark Cavendish, the ‘Manx Express’ doing what he does best, sprinting to victory in the Tour de France.

New snow on Aiguille du Chardonnet after the storm