MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and The Dingle Peninsula

Jen and I are just back from Ireland. Having visited family in Wicklow we headed out to Kerry for a few days and based ourselves in Killarney. On Wednesday we climbed Carrauntoohil in windy conditions from Hags Glen via Brother O’Shea’s Gully and descended via The Zig-Zags.

Helpful signage on Carrauntoohil.

Thursday we drove out to the Dingle Peninsula and after seeing the famous Fungie the Dolphn headed up Cnoc Breanainn (Mount Brandon) from An Baile Breac in wet and cloudy conditions. Friday saw us back in the Dingle area for an afternoon’s sea kayaking with Irish Adventures.

Jen and me in cloud on the summit of Cnoc Breanainn (Mount Brandon).

Saturday we were back in The Reeks with occasional heavy showers and strong winds climbing Cnoc na Peiste from Cronin’s Yard before taking in Maolan Bui and Cnoc an Chuillinn before returning over Maolan Bui and down The Bones. We had superb hospitality throughout and thoroughly enjoyed our time in Ireland.

Arolla and the Dufourspitze

This week I have been out with David, Mirsie, Mark, Micheal and Jack on behalf of Frost Guiding. We climbed the following;

  • Pointe 2940 above the Pas de Chèvre.
  • Le Serpentine (3789m) from the Col de la Serpentine in Scottish winter conditions. We accessed the mountain from the Dix Hut. Th conditions on the glacier were good.
  • Pointe du Pas de Chèvre (2991m).
  • The Dufourspitze (4634m). The conditions were good on the mountain.

Valais and Mont Blanc Massif

I have just spent 6 days with Sam, Richard, Fred and Frost Guiding. Here are the details of what we did;

  • Day one. Ecole de Glacé on Moiry Glacier. Overnight at Moiry Hut.
  • Day two. Pointe de Mourti in good conditions.
  • Day three. Crevasse rescue on the way to the Vignettes Hut.
  • Day four. Traverse of Pigne d’Arolla. There is a 60 metre section of ice that requires ice screw belays on the ascent to the summit.
  • Day five. Ecole d’ escalade near the Orny Hut. Overnight at Trient Hut.
  • Day six. Aiguille du Tour in good conditions.

There are more photos on the Facebook page.

 

Atholl

The last week I’ve been delivering a Gold DofE Training for the City of Edinburgh Council, which included a practice expedition in the Atholl area making a circuit of Beinn a’Ghlo. This made for a beautiful circuit with some very remote feeling campsites. The group did a great job including dealing with incessant light rain on Wednesday. The hills are generally still very dry so care is required with stoves if camping.

Remote campsite near Loch Loch.

Binnein Shuas and The Cairngorms

Over the last two days Chris and I have climbed a couple of Scottish Classic Rock routes. On Saturday we walked in to Binnein Shuas and climbed Ardverikie Wall. The route was in perfect condition with all pitches being dry and was a popular choice with five teams climbing the route during the day. Sun cream and hats were essential in the glorious weather.

Chris and me above the corner of Savage Slit.

Today with a forecast for rain showers west of the A9 we headed to Coire an Lochain and climbed Savage Slit. The route was sheltered from the wind and we had a few spots of rain, but nothing which impacted on the climbing. Two great routes in good company.

Six Days in the Alps

Tina, Scott, Steve, Paul and I have just had six excellent days mountaineering in the Alps. We climbed the following;

  • Day one. L’Arete Marion on the Pointes de la Blonniere. A beautiful rock ridge.
  • Day two to five. We visited the Vanoise where we traversed Mont Pelve and climbed Dome des Sonnailles. On the way we overnighted at the Refuge entre Deux Eaux, Refuge Col de la Vanoise and Refuge de la Valette. We received great hospitality at all the huts. The mountains were in good condition.
  • Day six. We climbed Eperon de la Cicle on the Tete de la Cicle above Les Contamines.

Lots more photos on the facebook page.

 

Aonach Eagach

Great day today with John and a Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors Scrambling Team of Anne Marie, May, Mel, Oleysa, Pat and Rebecca. We did the Aonach Eagach in superb conditions of dry rock, sunshine and a light wind.

Anne Marie, Pat and Rebecca after the end of the Aonach Eagach with Bidean behind.

Loch Ard and Elie Coasteering

The last couple of days I’ve been working with Steve on the Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors excellent Kids Summer Programme. Wednesday we were canoeing in Loch Ard in The Trossachs, today we were coasteering near Elie in Fife. Two great, fun days in superb summer conditions.

Canoeing in Loch Ard.