Friday, May 22, 2009

NW Scrambling

The weather has been quite variable this week in the North West. We have had sunshine and snow on the the tops, sometimes within the same hour. There are very very few small snow patches up high now as heavy rain has mostly washed them away.

The forecast looks to improve for the next few days. I'm out again in the NW on Sunday onwards.

Pictures are from scrambling on Slioch, where we took a more interesting way to the top of this munro.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Skye ridge Munros

The weather at the weekend was much better than forecast. It stayed reasonably dry on the whole and the wind, though strong, was not too bad.
We visited many of the Munros and tops on the southern end including the Inaccessible Pinnacle which we had to our selves on Saturday (amazingly!).
I'm out again midweek, i'll report back towards the end of the week hopefully. The forecast could go either way as it is very difficult to say exactly where the low pressure system will track as it moves across.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Cullin Ridge Traverse (Skye)

The weather has been getting better and better since the weekend. I havejust done my second successful traverse of the season and the weather looks like it may hold till the weekend. I'm out again on Skye at the weekend so I'll report back next week.

The air has been incredibly clear giving fantastic views over to the Cairngorms and Ben Nevis (which looks like there might still be some easier winter/alpine style climbing to be had on it as it was a big white blob on the horizon).
Anyhow, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves; who needs the expense of the Alps when you can go to Skye?!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

NW and Skye

The picture is looking over to the west from Ben Wyvis (near Dingwall)
This week the weather has been very unsettles. There has been snow in places down to 600m at night but this hasn't lingered there more than a few hours before being chased back up the mountain by the warmth of the day.

There is still snow in the gullies in the Northern Corries, the majority of the Cairngorms snow in on Breriach, rather than on Cairngorm. The fresh snow didn't make it as far as An Teallach which was bare today, but there is still a healthy amount on the high hills south of there. I have been out and about in the NW but am on Skye next week for a ridge traverse course.

I have began 'summerising' the web site and filling in the details of the summer courses and guiding. They are not all there yet, in the mean time give me an email, of leave a message on my phone. The weather is looking very promising for the coming week, it got steadily worse apparently since i left Skye last weekend (i was pleased to find out!).

Monday, May 04, 2009

Skye Munros

Photos are: Looking over to An Stac in corrie Laggan, Near the 'Bad Step' on Am Basteir and Crossing the new bridge near the Sligachan at the North end of the Cullins.

Ive been on Skye again lately, scrambling on various Munros. The long spell of fine dry weather was interrupted last week and the weather was quite wild and wintry. It was quite quiet this bank holiday weekend and the In Pinn has not seen its usual queues of late (it could be something to do with the snow at the weekend!).
However it was typical Skye weather on occasion with snow on the tops, rain and cloud in the corries and sunshine in the valley!
I currently have two free days on Skye this coming Saturday and Sunday if anybody wants to experience some of the best scrambling in the British Isles.