Scotland Summer

Visit Fort William

andyCheck out the best local website in the area. The picture taken above was shot this week.

Lost Petzl Ecrin climbing helmet

If anyone finds a white Petzl Ecrin climbing helmet on Ben Nevis, possibly around the ordinary ‘mountain track’, the owner would like it returned thanks. Contact myself please.

Congratulations to Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team

Well done Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team. Thoroughly deserved.

No more blue skies

Where did the summer go? Memories of sun and sandy beaches, dry rock and calm days are fading at the moment. The rivers are high though, so get your river boats brushed off and head north.

Jura trip

Last week I completed a very successful sea paddling trip with Roger (RW), Tim and Lynne. Tim and Lynne, now living in Tasmania were enjoying an extended journey along the west coast of Ireland and more of that can be seen at this link and beyond to Mull and Loch Linnhe. For anyone interested in using a large breakdown double sea kayak, their blog is a good place to start. Tim and I worked together many years ago at Loch Eil Centre and it was definitely a highlight this year, to meet up with him and his partner to share in a small part of their successful expedition. Here’s to the next time guys.

Some dry, some wet

Working for Breathe yesterday with Verena and her daughter Elana, we experienced some great weather and an ascent from the quiet side of the mountain on Ledge Route. This approach is fairly simple for groups or individuals with a head for heights and some scrambling ability. Tower Ridge was packed out with considerable numbers and the ‘mountain path was heaving as usual. Today it’s raining again from time to time.

Travelling Lassie

Check out Travelling Lassie She is the good looking one at the back in front of the other two ‘lookers’. Dad has to be careful what he’s saying here! Great photos as well.

Heatwave weather

A grand weekend away paddling, sailing and camping with family and friends amongst the sandy coves of Arisaig (Back of Keppoch). The rock climbing should now be pretty good and dry. Off to Barra next week, so fingers crossed for this spell of warm settled weather to continue. No doubt anyone visiting the Isle of Skye will be enjoying these conditions. Don’t forget the floppy hat and sun screen though.

Autumn calm


Still great weather a week later on 17th October, with a dusting of snow on Ben Nevis.

Great weather and Northern Lights

Good autumn conditions on Ledge Route with Andrew and Jonathan yesterday. Plenty of frost on the rocks down to the CIC Hut level. A near perfect day and we also met Martin Mccrory who is putting the finishing touches to a splendid cairn at the top of Number Four Gully. Thanks also to Dave Wilson from Lime Tree for staying up to shoot the image at midnight of the Northern Lights above Fort William on 9th October.