Posted on

Back to Blogging

Trevor enjoying some guided rock climbing on Stag Rocks. It was still supposed to be winter!

I thought I should start to try and Blog again seeing how there seems to be some folks out there still interested or bored enough to follow my blog?

My last post was from before I headed out to the Swiss Albula Alps ski tour with some friends from Glenmore Lodge. This was a truly stunning tour with six days of excellent and varied touring. A much welcome break from the misery that was Scottish winter this year.

Andy seconding a very wet yet enjoyable 'Smiths Route' on the Ben

Since the ski tour, as we all know winter took a sever nose dive and finished way too early, well for me anyway. But there was some good winter to be had and I enjoyed a busy week working for Alan Kimber a couple of weeks ago. Our haul of routes included: Tower Scoop, Comb Gully Buttress, Central Gully right Hand, Observatory Buttress (rock) into the last three pitches of Zero Gully, Shoot in the Foot and Upper Tower Cascade Lft Hand. Not a bad weeks climbing seeing how it was all in a state of melt down and poor weather for the start of the week.

Deziree and Dunc seconding the upper pitches of the Fiddlers Nose. In awesome weather for MARCH!

I was also busy for a couple of weeks working on a MIC Training and guided winter / Summer climbing course for Glenmore Lodge. This proved to be the last scraps of winter for this year.

After this I’ve had some great days out rock climbing. One was with regular client and friend Trevor over in the Loch Avon basin climbing some nice remote rock routes. The others were up at Reiff for a weekend with friends and lovely dry – hot rock, the ‘Fiddlers Nose’ up North of Ullapool, Creag Dudh for some early season fear and a few evenings bouldering down near the Old Bridge inn.

Deziree sending in fine style 'Jump so High Combo' E2 5c. This is a great route with steep, pumpy climbing.

I’m now out in the Alps having some time off after such a wet Scottish winter and looking to try and climb or ski for the next few weeks. This week has not started as well as we’ve hoped with some poor weather and a couple of false starts. Dunc and I are off today to Switzerland to meet Kenny and Donald to start the West Oberland ski tour, weather looks good for the first few days then we’ll see what happens!

Some mixed weather on one of the day tours this week. We even needed to use a map and compass, what's that all about!

I’ll be away for the next five days so fingers crossed I’ll be back with tales of fresh tracks and great huts!

Advertisements

One response to “Back to Blogging

  1. gordon ⋅

    Hi Mark,
    Thought that I had better comment to show that your blog is read.
    Well thats an extraordinary range of seasonal activities. Pleased that you have been having fun. Have a great time with Kenny. So envious.
    Gordon

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s