Sea Eagles and loose women! Two inches of new snow on the Black Cuillin tops today (11th May). This last week we avoided the snow and wet high tops by using the new and very good Scottish Mountaineering Club climbing guide to Skye Outcrops and Sea Cliffs. Paddling into some locations and making the most of the sheltered side of the island on a daily basis, we avoided any really bad weather, especially on Wednesday last. The photos tell the story but top marks go to Suidhe Biorach beside Elgol, where we met Tom Prentice (SMC guidebook editor) by chance using the new guide. For truly loose and chossy conditions please avoid Macleod’s Maidens (Old Lady – HVS, 4c)
Hi Alan, Robin and I had a good day out soloing Gardyloo Gully yesterday. I have attached some pics that shows the condition of the ice in the tunnel. We had Observatory Gully all to ourselves, however it was a very different story when we topped out – the Ben was busy with some charity walk. – All the climbs now look very thin apart from GFC and this one – however I think we will get one more weekend of ice before it all goes. Looking to do Raeburns Easy Route next weekend.
Great day out today on Aonach Mor and these photos thanks to Spike Sellers and Dave Wilson of Lime Tree. I hope it is not raining too much in England and Wales. Anyone fancy a winter climb on Nevis this next week?
Great weather this weekend. Dry and cold and sunny and I’d lay odds that climbing conditions on Nevis could be quite good.
“Live the Dream”
Saturday 4th August 2012
43 or 85 miles Cycle Challenge Around The Stunning Lake District.
Chris Walker worked for a number of outdoor companies, including West Coast Mountain Guides. Many of you reading this may have had the pleasure of climbing with him and his mischievous smile. Chris unfortunately fell victim to an avalanche. It was a freak accident and all proper precautions were being followed by Chris at the time. In his memory a trust fund has been set up and each year it donates £500 to both the Association of Mountain Instructors and the British Mountain Guides for further training and continued professional development in Scotland to train and update members in understanding and avoiding avalanche hazard. These same members will pass on the knowledge gained to their guests on snow draped hills and mountains all over the world.The trust also offers grants to global mountain expeditions and Chris was particularly fond of the Himalayas.
This cycle challenge is arranged every year to raise further funds to help with this important work and remember our friend Chris. Please consider turning up and taking part. It’s a fund weekend for a worthy cause.
Still very wintry on Ben Nevis and some ice climbs must be back in shape. Just watch out for avalanche. Thanks to Spike Sellers for the photos taken on the mountain today.
This report from Speyside (Jonathan Preston)……”Went into a waist deep drift when descending the Fiacaill ridge on Friday…. did Fallout Corner in Lochain on Saturday in full winter nick; things like Hooker’s were even more heavily rimed… did a good little ski tour over to Macdui and back on Sunday — total snow cover on the plateau + more came down overnight and this morning..Same on Nevis and snow down well below 600 metres around Fort William.
Over the weekend and all of today the weather has been cold and dry. A mixture of routes were climbed from Good Friday Climb in crampons to Agag’s Groove in rock shoes. As I write this blog a dose of unsettled wintry weather is heading for the Scottish mountains. Some folk were even seen heading towards Point Five Gully on Saturday. Check out Scottish winter in April with Spike for some good photos of what he got up to with Simon and Matt. Well done all three of you. More to follow hopefully.