Wednesday, 19 December 2012
Friday, 14 December 2012
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Beinn na Caillich 785m
Early morning on Sgurr Coire Chionnnichean, Inverie Bay behind.
Sgurr Coire Chionnichean 796m
The long thrutch!
Dusk on Knoydart at 600m
Thursday, 6 December 2012
The long thrutch!
Snow is falling high up, which is brilliant for the ski season in Glencoe and at Nevis Range and of course for HPL's winter courses, as the base will be forming nicely, filling the gully's and plastering the crags. What a difference a day makes!
Monday, 3 December 2012
I have been working and learning in a variety of places since last Thursday. Outside in Scotland has been a massive contrast too, from warm sunshine in the central highlands to sub zero Arctic conditions in The Cairngorms and heavy hail storms, rain and snow on the west coast and of course all in the same day today!
The girls leading at Ratho Climbing wall on Thursday.
Liam Irving in Hidden Chimney on Friday.
Scrambling skills on the West Coast, today.
Eigg from Ardnish Point today.
On Thursday I was teaching leading at Ratho Climbing wall. On Friday I climbed the fantastic winter route Hidden Chimney grade III in The Cairngorms. On Saturday and Sunday I was at Glenmore Lodge up dating my BASP first aid qualifications and today I was over on the west coast teaching summer hill walking skills to my college students form West Highland College. A variety of work and play is the spice of life, but it is great to be home seeing my kids and my lovely wife!
Hebridean Pursuits are gearing up for running winter courses and we still have availability on Winter Skills and Mountaineering courses, for more details or to book a date of your choice contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. It is looking like a good winter is on the way!
Friday, 30 November 2012
Andy Spink climbing the top pitch of Hidden Chimney.
Liam at the bottom of Jacobs Ladder.
Hidden Chimney grade III, Liam following up the last pitch.
Yesterday I was working down at Ratho Climbing Wall teaching leading skills to the students from West Highland College. It is a huge indoor arena with a huge variety of climbs and boulders to be had for all abilities and level. It was however colder inside than outside yesterday! Always fabulous to be back on the hills what ever I am getting up to. The skiing looks great at Cairngorm and they are planing on opening for the weekend. Winter has begun!
Wednesday, 28 November 2012
I was working in Edinburgh yesterday giving talks to pupils and parents from George Heriots School, who are coming on a variety of winter adventure and skills courses and expeditions in 2013. On the way down I had a wee run up Beinn Each 813m. It is a great hill with a fantastic track to it's shapely summit. The views of the central highland yesterday were incredible. The snow line is approx 600 m.
This morning I woke to one of the finest sky scapes I have seen for a long time. Ben Cruachan was looking majestic This cold snap is due to last for a good while, so fingers crossed for everyone to be able get out and enjoy Scotland Outside at the weekend.
Monday, 26 November 2012
Sunday, 25 November 2012
Colorful but damp conditions under foot on the trails today.
Gill an hour into the run along Loch Lochy.
Thursday, 22 November 2012
The Chalk bag.
I got to climb a few nice 6b routes.
Sam and Kationa in action.
The award is very progressive and inclusive for all ages and abilities. It concentrates on the foundation skills of indoor climbing and then moves through a variety of levels to advance climbing techniques and leading routes.
We had a great day, climbed many routes and my guys all felt they had progressed and achieved personal goals. I even got to do some climbing, which was great fun. Hill walking next, variety is the spice of life!
Wednesday, 21 November 2012
It was a sunny day in Glencoe and the Mamores, clearing up as the day went on. A dusting of fresh snow could be seen on the highest summits in Glencoe. I am back teaching at the wall tomorrow with the UHI students as they progress through their NICAS awards. The weather looks less pleasant tomorrow so being inside may not be to bad after all.