Good to be able to get out a little further in the last week. Careful choice meant for very quiet areas/times.
Traverse of the Cobbler yesterday. Good fun but very greasy with movement requiring care.
I was out for a dander in the Borders today doing a round of the Games Hope horseshoe with a few extensions. Starting from Talla Linfoots a fairly brutal climb lead up to Garelet Hill from where the ridge was followed over Lairds Cleuch Rig, Erie Hill, Garelet Dod, Din Law and Cape Law. A diversion was then taken out to Carrifran Gans before returning over White Coomb, Firthhope Rig, Great Hill, Donald’s Cleuch Head, Firthybrig Head, Molls Cleuch Dod and Carlavin Hill. The route took in eleven Donalds/Donald Tops (hills above 2000ft in the Scottish Lowlands).
There was a light frost this morning, which helped a little on some of the boggier sections, but the turf wasn’t properly frozen even on White Coomb. There are only a very few remaining old snow patches in the area. This afternoon there were snow showers on a fresh north-westerly/westerly wind, but there was very little snow settling.
Alex, Leon and I had a great time climbing Sgorr na Ciche (The Pap of Glencoe) today.
There was snow from about 400m on the way up and a good depth of soft snow above 600m, with deep accumulations on north to east aspects. Winds were light north-westerly to westerlies and there was no significant precipitation during the day. The freezing level was about summit height, but dropping later on.
Following last weeks first aid course and climbing in the Costa Blanca, yesterday I climbed a blustery Dinnertime Buttress in Glencoe with the Falkirk High Tops Team.
Nearly all the snow has gone from Glencoe.
On Friday and over the weekend I was working with John for Falkirk Outdoors on an HML Training for Gene, Jane, Kate and Ross. We visited the Touch Hills; Ben Gullipen/Beinn Dearg near Loch Venachar and John’s Hill and Lamb Hill in the Ochils.
This is a bit of a catch-up Blog Post. Between the 31st of October and the 12th November I was out and about with a variety of groups.
This included a very Alpine style scramble in Glen Coe, an HML Assessment in Central Scotland, rock climbing at Birchen Edge in the Peak District and Navigation in the Pentlands.
For more photos and details see the ClimbNow Facebook page. Wilf.
Recently Martin and I went to Craigpark Quarry near Ratho. 4 of the 6 sport routes were clean and good fun.