Yesterday, I was out staff training with the EICA Ratho staff team on Swatte Fell. This peak is located near Moffat. There is an excellent little buttress and ridge to look at Mountain Leader security on steep ground skills and Mountain Instructor short roping skills.
Today, Duncan and I had a great day out in Glencoe. We climbed North Buttress on Buachaillie Etive Mor to the summit before descending Curved Ridge and returning to the car. One team was climbing on Rannoch Wall. The rock looked mostly dry.
On Buachaille Etive Mor again today and what a difference a day makes. There was no rain and the cloud base steadily rose with only the top 200m or so of the hill remaining in cloud.
I was out with John, Paul, Lorn, Lindsey and Alasdair from Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors and we climbed North Buttress (West Route) to reach the summit of Stob Dearg before descending via Coire na Tulaich.
The route was damp in places and there’s plenty of seepage about on the crags.
Out today for EICA Ratho on Buachaille Etive Mor with Pamela, Robert, Steve, Paul, John, Craig and Marcus. We climbed the classic Moderate of Curved Ridge headed over Stob Dearg and descended Coire na Tulaich.
The forecast showers merged in to one incessent downpour and The Buachaille crags are now thorougly wet and will take a few days of good weather to dry out again.
Despite the conditions the team did brilliantly on what was there first roped scramble/climb.
From the 1st to the 3rd June, David, Chris, Stephen and I completed an SPA training course. This course looks at working as a climbing instructor on single pitch crags. We had a great time at Aberdour, Rosyth Quarry and Blackford Quarry with good weather throughout.
On the evening of the 3rd I drove up to Skye with Martin to meet Tina, Scott, Steve and Duncan. We had a brilliant time for the next five days mountaineering in the Black Cuillin with only two rain showers on the 6th of June.
We began the week on Monday the 4th June by climbing Pinnacle Ridge to the summit of Sgurr Nan Gillean before continuing with Am Basteir, The Bhaseir Tooth, Kings Cave Chimney and Bruach Na Frithe.
The weather for the 5th June was forecast as good all day. However, the rumour was for more rain on the 6th. Therefore we planned for a big day. We began the 5th June by climbing Window Buttress before ascending the Innaccessible Pinnacle, Sgurr Na Banachdich, Sgurr a’Ghreadaich and Sgurr a’Mhadaidh. The section between Ghreadaich and Mhadaidh is one of the best sections on the ridge and highly recommended.
It rained during the evening of the 5th but cleared out before the morning of the 6th. Therefore, we opted to complete another big day. We had a grand time on the Cioch before completing the Sgurr Sgumain and Sgurr Alasdair traverse.
The following day we needed a shorter day so opted for some fun scrambling on Sgurr an Fheadain before relaxing at the Fairy pools. Some of the team opted to cool down their feet and some of the team were much braver going for the full dip!
Yesterday, was our last day on Skye. We completed Sgurr nan Eag, Caisteal a’Garbh Choire, Sgurr Dubh an Da Bheinn Sgurr and Dubh Mor before returning over the Sgumain Stone Shoot and having a last beer at the Sligachan.