Paul, Portia and I are just back from a short adventure in the Southern Cairngorms. Originally we’d planned something over west, but forecasts of heavy rain and lightening meant we headed to the Lochnagar area.
After walking in and camping at Sandy Lochan on Wednesday afternoon we got up early this morning to hit a weather window and scrambled up The Stuic before heading around over Lochnagar and then down to pick up the tents.
On Friday Alex, Anya and I had a great day climbing in the sunshine at Creag na h-Eighe near Dunkeld. The crag was dry, but there was heavy rain after we left in the late afternoon.
This summer so far I have spent two weeks in the Alps. Last month with Paul we climbed the following; La Rechasse in the Vanoise, Aiguille du Goleon in Les Ecrins and Pigne de la Le in the Moiry valley.
This week with Tina, Scott, Steve and Paul I have climbed the following; Pointe de la Gliere (Matterhorn of the Vanoise), Grand Perron Traverse, Voie Princess and the Pyramide Calcaires in the Val Veny.
Yesterday I ran a navigation course for Duncan, Kim and Maria for Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors. We used the Touch Hills near Cambusbarron, which gave quick access to good hill terrain. The course went well with a few lightbulb moments, but unfortunately I forgot to take any photos.
John and I delivered a Lowland Leader Award Training at the weekend for Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors. A varied group of seven candidates and pleasant weather made for a good course.
Jen and I are just back from a week on Harris and Lewis. The weather wasn’t always helpful, with cold north-easterly winds and showers most days, but we had a great time and still managed to fit in some good walking and climbing.
Additionally, the ancient monuments, amazing beaches and great welcoming cafes made for a delightful trip.
This week I’ve been delivering DofE training for The City of Edinburgh Council for a good group from Trinity School. This culminated in a practice expedition in the Pentlands. I was particularly impressed with the ambitious cooking options of the group, as some of the photos on The ClimbNow Facebook page show. Wet earlier in the week, but thankfully dry on Thursday and Friday for the practice expedition.
I spent four days last week delivering navigation and emergency procedure training to DofE groups for The City of Edinburgh Council. We used the Cramond and Dalmeny Estate area, which worked well in a week of sunshine and showers.
Last week Euan, Ivor and I went to climb at Elephant Rock between Arbroath and Montrose. However, there were house martins nesting on large areas of the cliff and around all the routes we were after, so we headed off to another crag. I’ve been meaning to post about this just to say it’s probably worth avoiding the crag until after the nesting season. The photo is of Nettle on Elephant rock last year.
The last four days I’ve been on Skye with John and a Falkirk Outdoors team of Donald, Euan, Fiona, Julie, Mel and Mike. On Sunday after travelling up we walked in from the Glen Brittle Youth Hostel to An Dorus and climbed Sgurr a’Ghreadaidh and Sgurr a’Mhadaidh in the cloud.
On Monday we started form Sligachan and went up via Coire a’Bhasteir to ascend Sgurr nan Gillean via the West Ridge. We descended back to the bealach before heading out and back to Am Basteir and then nipping around and up Bruach na Frithe and descending via Fionn Choire.
Tuesday looked like potentially the best weather day so we headed out to Sgurr nan Eag via Coire a’Ghrunnda before taking in Sgurr Dubh na Da Bheinn and Sgurr Dubh Mor. We then retraced our steps over Sgurr Dubh na Da Bheinn before heading around and up to Sgurr Alasdair via its South West Ridge. After that we descended to the top of the Great Stone Shoot, before heading on over Sgurr Thearlaich and Sgurr MhicCoinnich via Hart’s/Collie’s Ledge and descending via Coire Lagan.
Yesterday the weather was worse than forecast, but thanks to a fine effort from the team we still managed to climb the Inaccessible Pinnacle in very wet conditions approaching and returning via Coire na Banachdaich and Sgurr Dearg.
A great few days climbing all but one of the Black Cuillin Munros. Thanks to all the team for making it a very enjoyable and successful trip.