May Update

May has seen a lot of changes, both in weather conditions and Covid restrictions and guidance. The month started with winter still being very present in the Scottish hills, which allowed us to get a couple of last wintery outings.

Looking for new routes on Beinn Fionnlaidh with Mac and Sharon.

Focus changed for us through the month to rock climbing in both North Wales and Scotland; delivering National Governing Body Award training courses, such as Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor, Mountain Leader and Lowland Leader.

Lorna climbing at Hawkcraig with Euan.
Photo taken by Paul while delivering an MCI.
Delivering a Lowland Leader Training.
A Mountain Leader Training expedition in the Southern Cairngorms.

The highlight was probably Paul popping up with Finn to complete a traverse of the Skye Ridge in pretty favourable conditions.

Finn on the Inn Pinn.
Magnificent views on the Skye Ridge.

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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.


Tryfan and Y Foel Goch

Slightly belated post as I’ve been away from computer access in darkest Derbyshire. I was out with Flick, Jen, Jen, Patrick, Rich and Rich on Tryfan last Friday. We did a traverse of the hill up the North Ridge and down the South Ridge (or rather the path just to the West). The North Ridge was feeling very wintery with soft snow from about 650m and rime, verglas and frozen turf from about 800m. An axe was definitely helpful and we used the rope for a couple of the steeper steps.

Jen with the upper section of Tryfan behind

There was a slight thaw overnight Friday and a refreeze with some snow showers during Saturday. The two Jens and I hard a short day on Y Foel Goch just getting in to the snow line for the last 100m or so.

Higher on the North Ridge

Driving back up today there was a dusting of snow on the top of the Howgills, although Cross Fell looked to be holding more snow. The Lakes seemed to have a pretty good cover from circa 700m and there was icing on the cuttings near Shap. Further north the Moffat hills looked to have cover high up and there was a light cover and freezing to A702 level in the Pentlands/Broughton Hills.

The Glyders from Tryfan

The Slate Quarries

Brugh seconding Looning the Tube on Welsh slate.

Brugh, Bomber and I had a great day last friday in the slate quarries near Llanberis.  We climbed some brilliant routes including Fools Gold, Solstice, Seamstress, Seams the Same and Looning the Tube.  The weather was excellent and the rock warm once in the sun.

North Wales

As I blogged earlier in the week, Brugh, Bomber and I are in North Wales. Yesterday, we visited the Idwal Slabs. The weather was less than perfect but we still had a grand day out on the classic Ordinary Route.

Today, we climbed at Tremadog Upper Tier where the weather was excellent with blue skies for most of the day.

Brugh leading at Tremadog.