Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Tower Ridge

Yesterday, Barry and I went up Ben Nevis via Tower ridge. Barry had never summitted this peak and has never scrambled on such a route. The day had persistant rain, however it didnt dampen spirits, but it did crack the whip a little so we shot up the route and wandered off pretty quickly.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Forfar Academy

Yesterday I was working with Ben and Lorenzo up at Glen Nevis with 16 students from Forfar Academy. We split the group into two, half climbing at pinnacle and SW and the other half walking up to the wire bridge via Wave Buttress. After lunch the groups swapped over for each activity. I was with the walkers for both groups. As none of them have been walking beyond pavements, I introduced map work skills, basic navigation, we looked at group management, talked and practiced different walking techniques on different terrains, talked about the flora and about conservation and preservation of the beautiful Steall area. A very enjoyable day for all and not a drop of rain.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Little trip to Wales

I have been based in North Wales for a few days with a colleague of mine, Lorenzo. We climbed in Llanberis Pass, Tremadog and Gogarth. Over the few days we were down we managed to tick off 9 routes, all multi-pitch. In the pass we climbed Spectre (HVS 5a), Sickle (HVS 5b), Brant Direct (HVS 5a) and Hangover (HVS 5b). Tremadog, we climbed Striptease (VS 5a), Shadrach (VS 4c), The Fang (HVS 5a) and Mashach (HVS 5b). At Gogarth, we climbed . . . . Gogarth (E1 5b), this was my first route on these cliffs and it was quality!

Friday, 18 September 2009

Back home

After a short break at home in The Lakes, I will be heading to Wales tomorrow for a week's climbing trip with Lorenzo. I have spent a couple of days at home seeing friends and family but also managed to fit in a bit of climbing. First of all I went bouldering up at a small venue near to my house, Cowraik Quarry, which has some good problems on red sandstone. I also spent a day at St Bee's both bouldering an trying out some of the sport routes, climbing 6 routes from F5 - F7a+. The crag classic Dreaming of Red Rocks is definitely worth a climb. Today I was out with Dave Pattinson and we ended up at Raven's in Langdale and climbed Holly Tree Direct (HVS 4c) and then we top roped the classic Trilogy (E5 6a). Whilst in Wales we will be camping so I will let you know how I got on when I get back next weekend.

Monday, 14 September 2009

The Big Top

Yesterday Graham and I walked up to the West Face of Aonach Dubh and climbed The Big top (E1 5a). On approach, some of the crag had several seepage lines, however the route was bone dry. Graham led up the first pitch after about 3 months out of action after a fall in the Lakes, and I led the next 3 pitches. Exposure was at maximum revs and the climbing was very entertaining. The descent down number 4 gully wasn't much fun and took a bit of time. The high pressure meant that it was warm up on the crag but it was breezy enough to keep the midgies and sweat away. I'm off down into England and Wales for a climbing trip. Who knows where I'll end up . . . .