|Dramatic day in Glencoe|
|Great conditions shaping up on Ben Nevis|
After the induction I was straight back to Fort William to meet Sean, who I was climbing with for 3 days and introducing him to Scottish winter. We have 8 days planned in the summer so it was a great opportunity to test out the hill legs. We started off in Glencoe on Buachaille Etive Beag for some skills and two Munro's in Stunning weather. Then came Ledge Route followed by Curved Ridge, again in stunning weather. Sean totally lucked out...3 days...wall to wall sunshine! You can come again! A great 3 days with great company. If you are reading this Sean, unfortunately I have caught your cold, nothing substantial yet but will hit me if I have a rest day!
|Chopper searching the NW Face|
So I had a day off on Saturday so I organised with Andy and Will to head to the Ben for some ice. I was so psyched for Gemini (VI,6) that I persuaded them to meet at 4.30am so we could be first on the route! Grrrr we were beaten by 3 minutes!! Must get up earlier next time! Anyway, we climbed it anyway and had a nice sociable day with plenty of teams on the route and the rest of the mountain. That was my 4th route this season in my own time...unreal! Usually Im up to 30+ by March!
|Me heading up the crux pitch|
|Andy leading after the hard pitch|
|Will 'off the couch' loving the steep ice|
We had to get down in good time as I had to head up to Torridon for staff briefing and then meet the clients for their briefing and kit check. With a stunning forecast, we opted for a day on the Cuillin Ridge. Not the whole thing but a great section. A brilliant day out. I'll do a round up of this week at the end.