HML Training

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.

John and the group on to of John’s Hill.

Wester Ross

The last five days Cliff and I have been assessing/supervising an excellent Gold DofE Group from Trinity Academy for The City of Edinburgh Council.

After an acclimatisation night at the Big Sand campsite the group’s route travelled through some very rugged, remote and scenic country between Gairloch and Killilan over four days with three nights wild camping.

Sunset on Beinn Dearg from Beinn a’Chearcaill.

The weather was generally pretty kind with sunshine and showers until today when the group finished in steady rain. The hills are pretty wet and walking off tracks is currently quite boggy. Localised heavy rain is affecting river crossings e.g. the stepping stones on the way to Coire Mhic Fearchair were impassible on Tuesday evening.

The group did a great job and coped with the conditions well. I’ll post some more photos from the trip on the ClimbNow Facebook page.

Beinn Mheadhonach and Beinn Dearg – Glen Tilt

Nettle and I were out for a bit of a leg stretch today. We parked at Old Bridge of Tilt and headed up the glen before branching off to take in the long ridge of Beinn Mheadhonach.

Nettle enjoying the wintery conditions

Nettle enjoying the wintery conditions

After the summit we continued North along the ridge over Carn a’Chiaraidh before swinging around via Elrig ‘ic Toisich and then West onto the North Ridge of Beinn Dearg. We took in the summit and then headed down to the bothy to get out of the weather before walking back along the tracks via Old Blair. Thanks to the Mountain Bothy Association for maintaining the excellent bothy.

Nettle and me at the summit of Beinn Dearg

Nettle and me at the summit of Beinn Dearg

A good long day out for the time of year, with headtorches being required for the last few kilometres. There was fairly constant snow falling above about 900m on a South-Westerly wind.

Taking a break in the bothy

Taking a break in the bothy

An Teallach

I am currently in the North West Highlands with the Falkirk High Tops Team. John, Neil, Bob, Paul, Linda and I climbed Hayfork Gully in the Glas Tholl corrie of An Teallach. The snow in the gully was in good condition for climbing. We finished via the left fork which gave a nice snow ice pitch. The turf was unfrozen at all levels.

Craig and the rest of the team were out on Beinn Dearg. There is still snow in a number of the gully lines. The turf was frozen above 600m

Bob and Paul exiting Hayfork Gully.

Bob and Paul exiting Hayfork Gully.