Archive for May, 2012

Dry rock in Glen Coe

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Thanks to Tony Shepherd for providing these photos of a day out with Spike and Iain rock climbing in Glen Coe on Buachaille Etive Mor. A play day on Sunday last!

Bottom to top, red hot

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Thanks to Dan Goodwin for the Nevis shots, taken today in very warm conditions. Plenty sunscreen, long sleeves and floppy hats required, along with loads of fluids. I took the low level option to Steall Waterfall!

Glen Nevis rock

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Certainly good and warm this evening for a climb in Glen Nevis. No midges and good solid rock on Storm (HVS 5a) possibly the best route for the grade in the glen. Tony Shepherd seen following the first two pitches as far as the big pine belay, then leading the third crux pitch. Very well protected and enjoyable all the way.

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Winter leaving?

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Finally warm weather appears to be on the move north. Ben Nevis still has snow remaining in all the major easy gullies and the ridges will keep snow for some time, although burning off fairly quickly. The big rock faces are still weeping and damp for the time being and climbs such as The Long Climb will be wet and difficult. The photos show Ben Nevis last Sunday.

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IPad testing

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Just testing my new iPad for uploading to this blog. Using WordPress for iOS. Anyone out there have any advice on this app or any other good stuff? Text seems okay but now for a photo! Hey folks. It appears to work. Must celebrate, as it took a while to work out. Good night!

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Loads of Snow

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Dropping off some folks at Inverness airport today, showed up the large amounts of snow still lying on the higher Scottish hills. These two shots are of Ben Wyvis. Also today, ski-ing in the Cairngorms by all accounts. The forecast suggests an end to this colder weather pattern, so maybe more rock climbing to come. Today on Rannoch Wall it was a touch greasy according to Spike Sellers.

Sun Dogs

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

From a friend on the Greenland ice cap. Thanks Bruce.

Greenland ice cap sun dogs

Almost done! Streaking across the icecap at 9mph with a plane to catch in 10 days time, but only 340 miles to go so no problem! Looking forward to some tramping and MT biking. Day after day of spectacular sun dogs, of various types whilst we were at Summit Camp. Attached is a shot of one of them.

Cheers

Bruce

Winter clinging on

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Alan,

Some shots from Raeburn’s Easy Route on Saturday.  Quite a lot was in – including the Comb.

Hope these may be of interest on the blog.

Kindest regards

Robin

Thanks Robin. Still plenty to go for and SAIS are still issuing avalanche forecasts for weekends.

Skye Ridge conditions

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Spike and Ken were attempting a traverse over Friday and Saturday last. Unfortunately some very wintry weather got in the way on Friday, although Saturday turned out reasonable. It just goes to show that patience and a flexible daily weather period must be factored into any attempt. Snow, rain and or wind will almost certainly reduce the speed and confidence of the party, as will large groups. West Coast Mountain Guides offer a four-day slot. The instructors keep in touch a day or two prior to arrival and we try and choose the best period based on the weather forecast. See Spike Sellers photos hear The photos in the gallery above were  taken by Ken Applegate. Ken was working on behalf of West Coast Mountain Guides with James. Recommended numbers on a traverse attempt are no more than two to one instructor. Those taking part should have a head for heights and be able to sustain two days of hard challenge on this unique mountain range. Previous rock climbing experience to Severe standard would also help. Check out Black Cuillin Traverse for more detail

Skye adventures

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Sea Eagles and loose women! Two inches of new snow on the Black Cuillin tops today (11th May). This last week we avoided the snow and wet high tops by using the new and very good Scottish Mountaineering Club climbing guide to Skye Outcrops and Sea Cliffs. Paddling into some locations and making the most of the sheltered side of the island on a daily basis, we avoided any really bad weather, especially on Wednesday last. The photos tell the story but top marks go to Suidhe Biorach beside Elgol, where we met Tom Prentice (SMC guidebook editor) by chance using the new guide. For truly loose and chossy conditions please avoid Macleod’s Maidens (Old Lady – HVS, 4c)