Lurchers Crag

The lads and I had a great day today in the Cairngorms climbing on Lurchers Crag. We descended South Gully before climbing Pinnacle Ridge. The conditions and weather were excellent. This section of the crag was quiet except for one other team. The other section of the crag with the ice routes was however rumoured to be very busy.

Climbing on Pinnacle Ridge.

Climbing on Pinnacle Ridge.

Sneachda and Lurchers

Yesterday I went to a very busy Coire an t-Sneachda. As we arrived late due to our drive from west the popular routes all had team(s) on them. Therefore we climbed a route in the Forty Thieves area. This gave a good sixty metre II/III ice pitch followed by pleasant mixed ground. The crags were white and everything was well frozen.

Today to avoid the crowds we visited Lurchers Crag. After descending South Gully we climbed Pinnacle Ridge in good conditions. We were the only climbers on the crag.

Climbing Pinnacle Ridge.

Climbing Pinnacle Ridge.

North Wales and the Isle of Skye

I have just had a great seven days on the mountains and rock faces of the North Wales and Scotland.

Following the Lowland Leader Award Course last Sunday I drove to North Wales to meet Andrew. We had a good three days climbing on Tremadog, in the Ogwen Valley and on Gogarth.

The majority of the time the weather was excellent allowing us to complete the following routes; Christmas Curry (Micah Eliminate), Yogi, Shadrach, Ordinary Route on Idwal Slabs, Cneifon Arete, single pitch routes on Holyhead Mountain and Lighthouse Arete.

After our final route I drove North to meet the Falkirk High Tops Team. We drove to the Isle of Skye before having three good days in the Cuillin.

Emmanuelle, Gayle, Andy, John and I completed; Pinnacle Ridge, Sgurr nan Gillean, Am Bastier, the Bhastier Tooth, Sgurr Sgumain, Sgurr Alasdair, the Cioch and the traverse of Sgurr a’ Mhadaidh.

Nigel, Alec and Norrie completed; Blaven, Bruach na Frithe and Sgurr na Banachdich.

Once more Skye provided great adventures and great memories.

Andrew enjoying Lighthouse Arete.

Andrew enjoying Lighthouse Arete.

Great scrambling on Skye.

Great scrambling on Skye.

 

Pinnacle Ridge, Garbh Bheinn

John, Duncan, Isobel, Roz, Sarah, Tim and I took the Corran Ferry across to Ardgour yesterday (Thursday) and climbed Pinnacle Ridge on Garbh Bheinn. This was part of a Falkirk Community Trust scrambling day.

Tim and Duncan enjoying the ridge

Tim and Duncan enjoying the ridge

The is a great route on good gneiss. It’s at the top end of scrambling with some of the moves on the first steep buttress feeling hard for the Moderate grade it gets in the climbing guidebook.

Jon, Sarah, Isobel and Roz on one of the narrower sections

Jon, Sarah, Isobel and Roz on one of the narrower sections

We had showers on the walk in and up most of the ridge. However, the cloud cleared near the summit and for the walk off down Sron a’Gharbh Choire Bhig giving excellent views out to Eigg and Rum and down to Mull.

Sarah, Roz and Isobel at the top of the ridge

Sarah, Roz and Isobel at the top of the ridge

St.Sunday Crag

Tam, Alec and Gayle on Pinnacle Ridge

Tam, Alec and Gayle on Pinnacle Ridge

The Falkirk High Tops Team and I visited the Lake District today. The original plan had been to visit Glencoe but with forecast torrential rain we opted to go south. This proved to be a good choice as we had dry weather all day.

We completed the classic scramble Pinnacle Ridge on St. Sunday Crag.  The rock was dry. The crux corner is currently very green and requires care.

People often have difficulty locating this route. The best way to locate the route is to look back down into Grisedale. Directly downhill from the route is a large sheep pen which appears to be part of a wall. Just underneath the ridge is a large fan of scree.

As the guidebooks suggest, this is one of the best scrambles in the Lake District.

Wilson, Bob and John enjoying Pinnacle Ridge.

Wilson, Bob and John enjoying Pinnacle Ridge.

 

Lake District

Down to the Lake District today with John, Gayle, Jim, Morag & Sue from Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors. We had an excellent day climbing the classic Grade 3 Scramble/Moderate Rock Climb of Pinnacle Ridge on St Sunday Crag.

Jim and Morag just above the crux wall

The route was dry with just the odd damp hold and relatively quiet with just 3 other teams on the route during the day. The weather was cool and sunny, although at this time of year the crag is in shadow until late in the day. The autumn colours on the trees and hillsides coupled with the reflections in a very still Ullswater made for some magnificent views.

Sue and John on the final pinnacle