Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Back to Scotland

It was cooold!!  
Brilliant situations
After what feels like a decade away, I have nipped back to Scotland for a few days.  Around catching up with friends, I squeezed in a couple of days work on the 'home turf'.   First off, yesterday, I was out with Alan, originally we chatted about some esoterica on Ben Nevis, but most of the routes we have left to do are pretty short, will take a lot of walking to get too and will be pretty slimey.  Given that there had been substantial rain recently, we opted for a wander up Tower Ridge, which never disappoints.  Alan is celebrating his 70th birthday and 50th wedding anniversary so we quit while we were ahead and took the easy option down, he didnt want to be limping around the dancefloor.
Glad to be back in Lochaber
The cloud cleared on the top

Today, a somewhat unsavoury day of weather with Helen, Scrambling on Ben Nevis was aborted by strong winds and rain so we settled for some big boot climbing in Glen Nevis.  Which provided us with some great sport.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Costa Blanca

Just back from a superb week of work in Spain.  A week of sunshine, great views, bolted limestone and great company.  We had a great haul of routes, from single pitch cragging to long 16 pitch multi-pitch routes.  The highlight for us was climbing on the Penon with the sea below our heels.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Summer in Wales and BMG Summer Test

It has been a great summer for me and all the hard work has paid off.  I spent the 4 weeks after India, in the mountains of Snowdonia.  I was climbing, mountaineering and getting to know the place as best I could.  My final week there I was assessed as part of the IFMGA Guide Scheme and happy to report that I passed this first step.  A massive thanks goes out to my clients I had this season, all the other candidates on the scheme and all my climbing partners and those willing to come out on the wettest of days.  Couldn't have done it without you!  Now I can look forward to the winter aspect of the British Guides Scheme, another training course followed by a 6 day assessment!  Is it winter yet?

Great weather in Ogwen

Dave on Gambit Climb

Dave on Tryfan

Dave doing his thing

Client Sean scrambling in Ogwen

Evening cragging on the Slate quarries

Evening cragging on the Great Orme

More routes at Gogarth

Essential post climbing analysis

BMG assessor Graham Ettle at Gogarth

Sunshine and sea at Gogarth

Jack leading on the Guides assesment

Evening cragging

My teaching day on my guides test (Photo credit:Steve Long)

Monday, 15 August 2016


All photo credits to Ryan.  Unfortunately I lost my camera on the expedition.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Island hopping - Pabbay, St Kilda and Lewis

Corpach basin to the Isle of Eriskey via the Sound of Mull.  Eriskey to Castlebay, Castlebay to Pabbay, 3 days on Pabbay, Pabbay to Eriskey, Eriskey to St Kilda, 2 days spent here exploring on Hirta and some went sea kayaking.  We sailed around Boreray, Stac Lee and Stac an Armin (we didnt climb the stacks, far too many birds) before heading up to the Flannen Isles, on to North Rona and finally back to Stornoway where we moored up and stayed put for 4 days, enjoying the brilliant music festival.  As a bit of a multi activity trip, we manage climbing, sea kayaking, swimming, walking, island culture, bird watching, fishing (we caught some whoppers), dolphin and whale spotting, calm seas, rough seas, all kinds of weather, fantastic hospitality on the islands.  The highlights for me were getting back onto Pabbay for a few routes, arriving at St Kilda and spending 4 days on Lewis and Harris climbing walking and sampling the local gin.  A great trip and there will be many more to come.  If you want to do something similar then let me know!