Loch Quoich

What a difference a day makes. Having stayed in Fort William on Saturday night I took the opportunity of a much better forecast to go a bit further north and head up Gleouraich, Creag Coire na Fiar Bhealaich and Spidean Mialach on the north side of Loch Quoich.

Looking across Loch Quoich towards Sgurr na Ciche from Gleouraich.

There was a cool wind today with a dusting of snow on the higher Lochaber hills this morning. It didn’t rain at all whilst I was walking and a there were good periods of sunshine and broken cloud above the summits. Very different to yesterday’s weather.

Ben Nevis

On Saturday I was on Ben Nevis with a team from Breast Cancer Care helping 26 sponsored participants looking to climb Britain’s highest mountain. I’ve been involved with this event a number of times and it’s always well organised and inspirational, particularly as many of those taking part have very personal reasons for supporting the charity.

Some of the team at the summit of Ben Nevis.

This year was no exception. Although the weather was better than it might have been given recent forecasts the groups did amazingly well dealing with persistent rain for much of the day. Many thanks to all the participants and to the staff of Rachel, Neil, Niall, Martin, Ian and Robin for making it a very enjoyable day despite the weather.

Pentlands

I was out today running a hill walking navigation course for The City of Edinburgh Council Adult Education. We started from Hillend and used the northern Pentlands. Winds were strong with a bit more rain than forecast, so we stayed lower than I normally would for this course to make use of available shelter.

Some of the group dealing with the weather on one of the lower hill tracks.

Blackford

Intro to lead climbing and intro to rock climbing today at Blackford with Falkirk Outdoors.

Luss Hills

I was out today in the Luss Hills near Loch Lomond with B, Pamela and Mick. We made a circuit up Beinn Eich via it’s east ridge then over Beinn Lochain, Doune Hill and it’s East Top before descending south to Glen Mollochan.

Pamela, B and Mick on the summit of Doune Hill with The Cobbler directly behind just in cloud.

It was raining on a strong NW wind in the morning, but dried up in the afternoon. The going was very wet underfoot descending Glen Mollochan to return to Glenn Luss.

Coasteering and Elie Chainwalk

Out with John, Mike and Craig coasteering and doing sections of the Elie Chainwalk today. It was the last day of four with groups from George Heriot’s School doing a variety of activities. Another good day with the groups engaging well and getting a lot out of the session. Thanks to Alex and Mike for their organisation, which helped make the days run smoothly.

A photo of coasteering at Elie on a different day. The swell was considerably bigger today.

Kirkton Burn

The last couple of days I’ve been with Mike on Monday and John on Tuesday Gorge Walking in the Kirkton Burn with two groups from George Heriot’s.

Old photo of one of the jumps in the Kirkton Burn as I didn’t have my camera with me.

Glen Clova

John and I were out in Glen Clova today with a Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors climbing team of Ali, Gillian, May and Struan. We had an excellent day climbing a number of classics including Three J’s Chimney, Parapet Route Direct Start, Flake Route, Proud Corner, The Beanstalk and Monster’s Crack.

Struan near the top of the excellent Proud Corner.

There were a couple of very light showers later on, but mostly sunshine with a good breeze and the rock was dry for climbing.

Traprain Law

Donald, May and I spent today at Traprain Law in East Lothian. It was a Rock Climbing Development Day for Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors. We climbed a number of climbs on both The Lammer and Overhang Wall and looked at some useful climbing knots/hitches and abseil descents with and without prussiks.

May and Donald on Double Stretch

It was cold earlier on with a fresh wind, but the crag was generally dry and climbing was pleasant once the sun had warmed things up.

Coasteering

Mike, Craig, Steve and I were out coasteering near Elie in Fife today with a couple of groups from George Heriot’s School. There was a sizable swell, but the venue has some good sheltered areas, which combined with doing some sections of the Elie Chain Walk worked well today.

Old photo of coasteering near Elie as I didn’t have my camera out with me today.