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Sunday, February 10, 2013
The last couple of weeks have as ever been a whirlwind of jumping all over the place. Some of the less exciting things have been things like Duke of Edinburgh Scheme supervisor/assessor days and sitting my bus driving theory tests (for once i actually passed first time!) while the more exciting bits have been exactly that. First up a week in Courchevel with a massive group of friends who really looked after Hannah and I amazingly. Iona was a star taking us too and from the airport and Adrian (and Tom Kenny) were very kind putting us up for the week. Ailsa firmly organised our social calendar and it was great to catch up with all the extended island crew for the week at varios drinks, meals and music.
Birds playing in the snow at one of our lunch stops
Stu, Justin, Hannah and Sara tearing it up
A picture from Iona of me looking like a zombie after Hannah and I made our best effort at finishing off a raclette.
After a swift transition it was off to Oban to meet Hannah and Tony to head over to Mull and Ardachy Hotel.
Next up its time for some work before heading back to Mull for a couple of days before some winter climbing.
Posted by Aliii at 10:38 AM
Saturday, January 19, 2013
I should currently be packing for a week skiing in France but love to procastinate with pictures so here is a quick set of photos from the last few weeks. I have been rushing around everywhere doing a massive amount of driving, some kayaking, rock climbing, winter (mixed) climbing, walking, demolition (at bobs house) and some profesional development courses.
I spent a great day on Ben Nevis with Miles climbing Tower ridge (IV,3). I got this shot on descent (it was dark when we walked in). You can see the CIC hut on the far left of the image and how little snow was present. We climbed Tower ridge pretty quick able to move on just rock for the first section and get crampons on at the little tower.
The day before going to the Ben I was at Limekilns with Miles, Hannah and Bob. Bob told a story about how people go on ski trips every year thinking they can ski as well as the last day of their trip the year before and break their legs. Then after not climbing for many months Bob jumped on the lead on "DT's Route" (VS 4c) which we later found out might be a little harder the way we all climbed it.
Miles picking up coils shortly after dawn at the base of the little tower
After the day on Ben Nevis my van decided it needed a new alternator. Luckily Fort william is a good place to break down and i decided to head into the mountains on my own till it was fixed. This was in the middle of some atrocious weather but I found a few bothies to stay in! I waded the river on the left in my underwear in the dark on the first night trying to find this one!
I then spent a few days at Bob and Clares in Glasgow helping demolish a shed and getting a quick days climbing in Glen Coe with Bob
Classic shot of Black Rock cottage with the Buachille behind from where we parked to walk into the Inglis clark ridge.
Now its off to france for some more snow!
Posted by Aliii at 1:48 PM
Friday, January 4, 2013
Well the Yellow Heiffer(my van) is currently packed with Kayaking gear and I am about to drive south to the Lake district for a couple of days of kayaking. At one stage this seemed like complete madness but it is currently very warm in Scotland with the majority of the snow stripped of the mountains so now seems like quite a good option.
In May last year Wee Ben and I chatted about doing a big hogmmany in a bothy in the middle of nowhere and as the months progressed I realised that I should organise it. I was a little more organised than usual (in that I actually invited other people) and the turn out was brilliant with some people driving for days just to be there and even an American!
A large group of us walked in on the 30th with heavy packs full of food, drink, coal and warm clothes with more arriving the next day. On the 31st we woke up to horizontal rain and some warm temperatures so had a very short day wandering up the glen and up to a good view point and then the party started.....
In the main room of the bothy on the first night planning the next day.