26th November Catstye Cam (890m)

Martin, Dougie and I were out in the Lakes yesterday with Adventure Edinburgh. It was a wild day which gave the group an opportunity to look at looking after themselves in difficult conditions. We ascended Catstye Cam from Glenridding.

19th and 20th November Cairngorms

Working with Davy and a group in the Cairngorms over the weekend. Saturday was spent looking at security on steep ground and Sunday navigation. Lots of input from all involved, an enthusiastic group and good accomodation/facilities at Glenmore Lodge made for a very worthwhile weekend.

Meall a'Bhuachaille from Coire Laogh Mor

Mild throughout the weekend, with temperatures well above freezing at summit height. No precipitaion during the days and no snow to be seen. Remarkably pleasant weather for November.

12th November, Drumochter

Out with Abi, Lewis, Craig, Calum, Euan, Des and Doug from Adventure Edinburgh today on Geal-charn on the west side of Drumochter. It turned out to be a delightful day with the fresh southerly wind dropping as the day went on and great views across to Ben Alder and the Cairngorms. The participants did an excellent job of navigating us older folk around the hill. There’s no sign of any snow on these hills at the moment. The ground is well saturated with the descent down the north-east ridge being pretty boggy in places.

11th November Shepherd’s Crag, Borrowdale

Down in the Lakes today with Simon. We climbed a dozen or so pitches at Shepherd’s Crag mostly on dry rock and in t-shirts and fleeces for the best part of the day; I’m not convinced it’s actually November. Some minor seepage on Fisher’s Folly and C.D.M., but otherwise the routes we climbed were all in excellent condition for the time of year.

10th November 2011 The Cobbler

Isobel abseiling from the South Peak of The Cobbler.

Isobel with the South Peak of The Cobbler behind.

The Falkirk High Tops Team and I were out today on The Cobbler doing the classic traverse. This begins with an ascent of the South East Ridge of South Peak (a moderate rock climb), followed by an abseil from the summit before continuing to the next and highest summit, Central Peak.

We began our day at Loch Long and finished on the Glen Croe side of the mountain to give a true traverse of the mountain.

2nd November 2011 Polney and Creag Na-H-Eighe

Ann climbing Jugs at Craig Na-H-Eighe.

I have been climbing today with Ann and David from the Falkirk High Tops Team. We visited Polney Crag (Dunkeld) and Creag Na-H-Eighe. Polney crag is currently a bit damp and green but the conditions on Creag Na-H-Eighe were good.