Alan

Marker Posts on Ben Nevis

Fortunately common sense has won the day and navigational marker at the top of Number Four Gully will remain. Marker post on Ben Nevis Also, the crucial marker posts leading down towards the CMD Arete will stay in place. In a conversation with MC of S Safety Officer it was clear that Heather Morning feels that the posts leading down to CMD Arete are still of considerable use to those of us navigating off of Ben Nevis.

Carn Dearg Buttress and Curved Ridge today

Hi Alan,

Centurion was good today,not too cold and bone dry. Busy however, I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many teams up there and we had to wait a good hour and half before climbing Three teams on Centurion ahead of us, and parties on Route II, Bullroar, Torro and King Kong. Large bottlenecks in places so we ended up finishing up Route 2. Thanks to Kenny Grant for this report. He was running a short advanced rock climbing course for West Coast Mountain Guides with Ed and Reed. Thanks also to Mike Brownlow who was running a short three day scrambling course for West Coast Mountain Guides on Buachaille Etive Mor today, Ben Nevis yesterday and Poll Dubh crags on Saturday.

 

 

More dry weather

Thanks to Spike Sellers for the sunset shot from a bivvy on the Skye Black Cuillin, congratulations on a significant birthday, friend. Also Hannah Evans took the shots on the Five Sisters of Kintail. Both working for West Coast Mountain Guides over the Jubilee weekend. Very busy recently I’m pleased to say and still plenty of good instructors around to do the work.

Dear Alan,

Good afternoon! How are you? Once upon a time GANGARA Caves harboured shelters of pirates. No anglers visit the area harbouring sanctuary of a family of osprey and some other species of seabirds in this quiet Sunday afternoon.

Yasuyoshi Sakai

Thanks Yoshi. Winter has finally finished here, although yesterday icicles high on Ben Nevis were forming. These caves and surrounding cliffs look like good for climbing?

Gangara Caves

Dry sunny and cold

Thanks to Mike Brownlow for the photos on Ledge Route today with Peder and Yamsine. Also from Mark Chadwick on Rannoch Wall with Pat. Last but of course not least our two daughters Victoria and Hannah, who walked up Ben Nevis today. Also, finally,  Dan Goodwin with the Demetia Adventure team. Dry and cold with some light flurries of snow.

Dry rock in Glen Coe

Thanks to Tony Shepherd for providing these photos of a day out with Spike and Iain rock climbing in Glen Coe on Buachaille Etive Mor. A play day on Sunday last!

Bottom to top, red hot

Thanks to Dan Goodwin for the Nevis shots, taken today in very warm conditions. Plenty sunscreen, long sleeves and floppy hats required, along with loads of fluids. I took the low level option to Steall Waterfall!

Glen Nevis rock

Certainly good and warm this evening for a climb in Glen Nevis. No midges and good solid rock on Storm (HVS 5a) possibly the best route for the grade in the glen. Tony Shepherd seen following the first two pitches as far as the big pine belay, then leading the third crux pitch. Very well protected and enjoyable all the way.

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Winter leaving?

Finally warm weather appears to be on the move north. Ben Nevis still has snow remaining in all the major easy gullies and the ridges will keep snow for some time, although burning off fairly quickly. The big rock faces are still weeping and damp for the time being and climbs such as The Long Climb will be wet and difficult. The photos show Ben Nevis last Sunday.

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IPad testing

Just testing my new iPad for uploading to this blog. Using WordPress for iOS. Anyone out there have any advice on this app or any other good stuff? Text seems okay but now for a photo! Hey folks. It appears to work. Must celebrate, as it took a while to work out. Good night!

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Loads of Snow

Dropping off some folks at Inverness airport today, showed up the large amounts of snow still lying on the higher Scottish hills. These two shots are of Ben Wyvis. Also today, ski-ing in the Cairngorms by all accounts. The forecast suggests an end to this colder weather pattern, so maybe more rock climbing to come. Today on Rannoch Wall it was a touch greasy according to Spike Sellers.