North Wales and the Isle of Skye

I have just had a great seven days on the mountains and rock faces of the North Wales and Scotland.

Following the Lowland Leader Award Course last Sunday I drove to North Wales to meet Andrew. We had a good three days climbing on Tremadog, in the Ogwen Valley and on Gogarth.

The majority of the time the weather was excellent allowing us to complete the following routes; Christmas Curry (Micah Eliminate), Yogi, Shadrach, Ordinary Route on Idwal Slabs, Cneifon Arete, single pitch routes on Holyhead Mountain and Lighthouse Arete.

After our final route I drove North to meet the Falkirk High Tops Team. We drove to the Isle of Skye before having three good days in the Cuillin.

Emmanuelle, Gayle, Andy, John and I completed; Pinnacle Ridge, Sgurr nan Gillean, Am Bastier, the Bhastier Tooth, Sgurr Sgumain, Sgurr Alasdair, the Cioch and the traverse of Sgurr a’ Mhadaidh.

Nigel, Alec and Norrie completed; Blaven, Bruach na Frithe and Sgurr na Banachdich.

Once more Skye provided great adventures and great memories.

Andrew enjoying Lighthouse Arete.

Andrew enjoying Lighthouse Arete.

Great scrambling on Skye.

Great scrambling on Skye.

 

Lowland Leader Award

I am currently involved in the delivery of a three day Lowland Leader Award on behalf of Falkirk Community Trust. This training course and subsequent assessment course qualifies individuals to lead walking groups in lowland terrain. It is a great introduction to the Mountain Leader Training UK (MLTUK) qualification system.

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Two Days in Sunny Glencoe

For the past two days I have been out in Glencoe with the Falkirk High Tops Team.

On Wednesday Lucy, Bob and I climbed January Jigsaw on Rannoch Wall. The crag was in excellent condition.

Yesterday, Isobel, Duncan, Alasdair, Loren, Dani, John and I completed the Sron na Lairig scramble before continuing over Stob Coire Sgreamach and returning to the van. The ridge was very dry and great fun in these conditions.

More photos on the facebook page.

Nice scrambling on Sron na Lairig.

Nice scrambling on Sron na Lairig.

Bob climbing on Rannoch Wall.

Bob climbing on Rannoch Wall.

Pointe Percee

Martin and I spent the final day of our alpine rock climbing in Les Aravis climbing on the highest peak in the chain, Pointe Percee (2750m).

We climbed L’ombre Chinoise on the Paroi de Gramusset. At the top of the route we scrambled to the summit via the continuation arête at UIAA II/III.

After a tea break we descended the Cheminee Sallanches before returning to the Col des Annes.

A great day out and a nice way to finish our trip. There are lots more photos and a video on the facebook page.

Martin on pitch 8 with the Pointe Percee beyond.

Martin on pitch 8 with the Pointe Percee beyond.

Val Ferret

Monts Rouges de Triolet from the Val Ferret.

Monts Rouges de Triolet from the Val Ferret.

Martin climbing on Placche Pre de Bard.

Martin climbing on Placche Pre de Bard.

Martin and I drove through the Tunnel du Mont Blanc today to visit the crags of the Val Ferret. First, we visited Placche Pre de Bard. The harder routes we had hoped to climb were all wet but we still had a nice couple of hours climbing one of the easier eight pitch routes.

After this we visted Mochet. This crag gave nice single and two pitch routes on perfect granite.

 

Mountaineering in Les Aravis

Martin and I have had a great couple of days out in Les Aravis. This limestone mountain range overlooks Mont Blanc and provides a good number of technical mountains with many routes on excellent rock.

On Tuesday, we traversed La Mamule (2404m) and La Petite Miaz (2359m) before bivouacking for the night.

Today we traversed Mont Charvet (2538m) via the Pilier sud-ouest.

The trip gave us 3 mountain summits, 22 pitches of technical rock climbing, lots of scrambling and 1 bivouac. All in all an excellent couple of days out.

Lots more photos on the facebook page.

Rock climbing on Mont Charvet with La Mamule in the background.

Rock climbing on Mont Charvet with La Mamule in the background.

 

Pointe du Midi

Perfect limestone on the Pointe du Midi.

Perfect limestone on the Pointe du Midi.

Martin and I were out in the Chaine du Bargy mountain range today. We climbed Tchao Godillo on the Pointe du Midi. This gave an excellent 300 metre route and abseil descent which will be a perfect warm up for our next objective.

This is the second route Martin and I have climbed on this peak. Both have been on perfect limestone and have been very varied in their climbing.