Over the last month I've been out of Scotland, and as a result I haven't been out climbing. I was over in Italy in the foot hills of the Alps visiting family, unfortunately there wasn't enough time to get up into the hills. I then flew back to Birmingham and worked in the centre of the city on a mobile ice tower for a long week. After Christmas I toured around Ireland with my father where I walked up St Patrick's Mountain, probably one of Irelands most famous, on New Years day. Visibility was poor, and I passed around 100 people! So much for escaping to the mountains for peace and quiet! When I arrived back in Scotland on the 8th January, I couldn't wait to get back into the hills.