Archive for July, 2012

Paddling in Japan

Monday, July 30th, 2012

One of my winter climbing guests is also a keen kayak paddler, both at home in Japan and here in Scotland. On this page of the blog I’ll upload photos and comments from ‘Yoshi’ as they arrive. Thanks to Yasuyoshi Sakai.

Rainy season will have gone and summer will have come in the next few days, although I am not sure El Nino in Pacific Ocean and Okhotsk High Pressure, which have caused low temperature in cloudy SHIMOKITA Peninsula along the east coast of Pacific Ocean in contrast with sunny TSUGARU along the west coast of JAPAN Sea in these few days, will be dominant in this summer. Dated 22nd July 2012.

God TV

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Recently Spike Sellers and Richard Strivens were working with a film crew from God TV on Ben Nevis. A photographic record can be found on Spike’s Flickr pages

"god TV"

Filming on Ben Nevis

Mont Blanc du Tacul North Face Triangle

Friday, July 27th, 2012


Did two routes on this left hand side (don’t know the name) and Cheri couloir on the right. Both in perfect condition but with temperatures rising they won’t be for much longer.Regards

Mike Anderson

(two days ago)

"mont blanc du tacul"

Mont Blanc du Tacul - North Face Triangle

Bishorn today

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Thanks to Mike Anderson for this photo taken today of the Bishorn.

Bishorn from the hut

Italian High Level Route

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

In recent weeks a course arranged through West Coast Mountain Guides has been run by Mark Seaton and James Thacker attempting to complete the Italian high Level Route on the south side of the Zermatt Breithorn, over Castor and on towards the Margharita Hut and hopefully finishing on Monte Rosa. Unfortunately the weather decided to intervene and an amended programme resulted. However, it just goes to show that with a little imagination on the part of the guides and the help of a Land Rover taxi on the Italian side of the range, success can be assured! Well done guys and thanks to Mark and James for persevering. Anyone reading this blog and wishing to have a go at this trip this summer, please get in touch. Thanks to Alan Irvine, Mark Seaton and James Thacker for the photos. A detailed account of the route eventually followed appears on Mark Seaton’s Blog