|Essential sport climbing gear|
First up was a day up on Ardverikie Wall (HS) with Paul. Not a great deal to say about this other than it was perfect. Sunshine, nice breeze, great company, brilliant climbing and lots of other climbers out. A really social-able day on an uber classic line.
|Paul loving his day off whilst over on a business trip|
|Alison and the inversion|
|The team, but on which peak?|
Until the weekend hit...
My traverse clients, Simon and Harry, were given the bad news on Friday that the traverse would not go ahead. High winds, lots of rain and very wet rock would not lends itself to an enjoyable, comfortable and successful traverse. Instead we opted for two single days, aiming to be off the hill to enjoy showers, pillows and duvets. Our first day we climbed Pinnacle Ridge and continued to tick off the Northern 3 Munros on Skye. Also including Am Bhastier and its tooth as well as a descent down Kings cave chimney.
|Harry and Simon ready for action|
|Harry and Simon hoping it would be a 'summer' holiday!|
After farewells with Harry and Simon, I met with my next group. This time 8 members, 2 guides, 11 munro's, suboptimal forecast....no problem (ish). I teamed up with Andy Ravenhill and we dissected the forecast to see when was best to hit the tricky summits and when to have a shorter day. The team fought well and worked well together and we succeeded in summiting all the peaks over 4 days. A great result all round. It has appeared Skye has gone back to normal but such is life.
|Ok, we had a good couple of weather windows.|
|My last ever mountain logbook!|
After the course I spent two days climbing by the sea, firstly at Gogarth with Ally Swinton. We climbed 3 E2's and an E5 which left us both feeling quite tired and today we went sport climbing at LPT on the Great Orm where we both maxed out at 7a+...we put it down to been very tired from the last few days.
The following few months are looking super busy, I will mostly be in Scotland getting ready for winter and this year instead of going to Spain for some sport climbing I will be heading to a little island on the Aegean sea. Can wait!
If your already dreaming about winter then get in touch and we can make your Scottish mountain ambitions come true. Click HERE for some ideas.
Thank you to West Coast Mountain Guides, Skye Guides and Steve Fallon for work recently, it has been a blast!