Monday, 26 September 2011

Escaped to the East.

Today I was working with Pete and Al who wanted to have a look at improving their ropework, multi pitch belays and using half ropes. With all of the rain we've had recently most of the multi pitch crags are still quite damp and the forecast was for the rain to move in slowly from the West. So we headed East to Kingussie and made best use of the crags there breaking some of the longer single pitch routes into two pitches. We only had a couple of little showers through the day but nothing that stopped play. It started rain though at about 4.30 just as we were topping out on our last climb. A good day out.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

I haven't seen that before.

So I've had a week off and had some family up to visit but back to work today on the Ben. I met the Maximum Adventure group at 8am this morning and they were fired up for their 3 Peaks Challenge. We made good progress and were at the summit in 3 hours and started to make our way down. On the way down we passed the usual crowds and people dressed in all sorts of strange ways. Just when you think you've probably seen everything you possibly can on this path something strange appears in front of you. Firstly there was a group carrying a gas boiler up the mountain, I didn't have time to ask. Then just as we were getting over that sight we turned a corner to see this man.

I know it's been a wet summer but i don't think he'll need that. In fact he was carrying the boat to the top to raise awareness for cancer research. I hope he manages it. In fact he's probably still doing it as I write this.
Anyway it was a dry day today with only one little shower that hit us on the mountain. Got a climbing course to run tomorrow so hopefully it stays that way. 

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Getting psyched for winter.

It doesn't matter I many times I watch this video, it's brilliant every time and it just gets me excited for the first winter route. If you've seen it before you'll know what I mean. If you haven't, enjoy!

Saturday, 17 September 2011

It's a Saturday, must mean a trip up the Ben then.

So after another week at Outward Bound I was out on the Ben again today. It's been a regular thing this year with some long and short days. Today I was working with a group of 8 from Maximum Adventure. We started off from the Youth hostel at 8.45am and were back down by 5pm. Everyone did well and the weather was thankfully better than forecast.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Wet and wild.

After an interesting week working at Outward Bound with an expedition on Tuesday in the pouring rain and howling wind, I was working on the Ben yesterday in similar conditions. I was working for Charity Trek with 42 participants all looking to complete the challenge and raise money for their different charities. Everyone did well in some challenging weather.

The long term forecast for the next couple of weeks doesn't show there to be much of an improvement. On the plus side, long term forecasts are looking good for the winter so why not get ready now and get in touch to discuss your needs for this winter.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Day on the Ben.

Yesterday I was working on the Ben for West Coast Mountain Guides with a group from Wild Green Travel. It was a busy day with the usual 3 peaks challengers and the Ben Race with nearly 500 competitors running up and down. The weather was very Autumnal with persistent rain and feeling very cold on the summit but the team did well.