Lost bag on Ledge Route

I received the following email, if you’re in the area please keep an eye out and if anyone comes across the bag get in touch with Victoria at Calluna on 01397 700451:

“Our son was climbing the Ledge route a few days ago with a couple of his army friends and somehow, managed to lose his bag over the edge of the ridge. It bounced off a rock and tumbled down the rocks out of sight of them. I believe they were about 50m from the start of the ridge. It fell to the right of the climb. He and his friends searched for a couple of hours and had to return to Fort William without it. It has his car keys, wallet, clothing etc in it. It is an army style green camouflage rucksack. I wonder if anyone climbing the route in the next few weeks spotted it, would they contact us. If it is possible to retrieve it or temporarily store it at the CIC hut until one of us could pick it up, that would be great news.”

Paddle Victoria

Wilderness it is certainly not. However, avoiding being run down by float planes and a trip around the bay, is plenty interesting. We used Ocean Rivers for a days rental of a tandem thermo plastic moulded craft. good service from folk who know what they are doing. Close to the waterfront of Victoria, BC. Normal maritime weather prevailed.

Glacier travel

Even if your French is not great, this film is very educational. Roped glacier travel.

Vancouver Island

Starting another trip. Flew over Greenland enroute to Seattle. Another beautiful part of the world is Vancouver Island, which is home to my sister. As the photo shows she is fortunate to live in a great spot on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Her place is on the extreme left of this photo. We travelled over through Puget Sound, and Juan de Fuca Islands Surely a sea paddlers dream location. More later.


Flying over Greenland, west coast

vancouver island

Basecamp, Vancouver Island

Dream on


Nevis from Loch Shiel

Dream on folks. The current appalling weather will gift us some good conditions. In the meantime head south…a long way!

Isle of Wight

'the needles'

The Needles

just playing around with a new netbook before heading off on holiday to the west coast of USA. Enjoy the rain folks.

Mountain history

For those of us interested in recent (50-60 years) mountain history, especially mountain rescue and general adventure. Check out the John Hinde diaries

Thanks to Fiona, his daughter for archiving these online. I was fortunate enough to work with John at Loch Eil Centre. He was also on an joint services expedition to Mt McKinley in 1962. A ‘true’ adventurer. An inspirational person.

Crevasse Rescue

Some research is being carried out by mountain guides in Chamonix on methods and kit for holding falls into crevasse slots. Much of this will be familiar to many, but it’s always worth revisiting common areas of concern to reinforce and invigorate questions about how we do things. Check out part of MCofS – BMC video and Technora for Glacier Travel and  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxArSDMsiQI 

ballee blanche

Vallee Blanche

Cape Wrath Trail map

The respected map maker, Harvey, will soon be publishing a brand new map for the Cape Wrath Trail. It should be out soon for the present season. Any trail walkers interested in arranging transport back south from the northmost end at Cape Wrath should get in touch with Durness Bus
More details to follow on Cape Wrath Trail website

Matterhorn 2014

Matterhorn Base Camp 2014
The Hörnlihut will be closed until July 2015 due to restruction.
For the comming summer 2014 we will build on 2880 Meter a Base Camp
for 50 persons. (half way up between Schwarzsee and the Hörnlihut)
The Base Camp will be open from Juy 14 untill Sept.15
The price will be CHF 150.- per person (cash only).
This includes dinner at 19:00, breakfast and overnight in one of the shelters
The shelters are equipped with sleeping bags, you have to bring with you only the silk sleepingbag

Reservations will be taken only by telefon after May 19th. 2014
Tel N°: 0041 (0)27 967 22 64

Foundation Hörnlihütte Zermatt
Kurt Lauber & Team

Why not just walk up from Schwarzee? Run cable cars, starting midnight from Zermatt and add a couple of hours to the ascent! Soup kitchen at the Solvay Hut. Sounds like a plan to me. Looks like the Italian Route will become more popular. Regulation on the way?

Summit view towards Monte Rosa and the Matterhorn

Summit view towards Monte Rosa and the Matterhorn

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