Saturday, August 15, 2009

Skye Munros

Well, i think that the summit photo on the top of Sgurr Alasdair says it all! The rain has been torrential these past couple of days on the Cullins and the high winds today made us realise the futility of a ridge traverse attempt so we've bailed and will have some fun on dry rock in the Inverness area.
The story of the panorama picture of the South end of the ridge from the glen brittle campsite is revealed in the detail: have a look at the bundled up tent by the side of the bin and various other broken and sodden camping equipment in the bins as many camping holidays were abandoned this week!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Gogarth Main Wall

A late-ish start today was made to allow low tide at 2pm to give James Thacker and I access to the left hand side of main wall. However there was quite a swell on and as i needed to make my 7pm flight at Manchester we stayed on the right hand side. A party was on the E1 Gogarth and the E2 to its right. Thanks to James T for 1. Telling me how to put inks in blogs, 2. Getting me to the airport and most importantly, 3. Taking over when i couldn't find the line through the enchanted broccoli madness!
I'm off back to the Highlands now to train hard for a Gogarth re-match in September.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Navigation and climbing on the slate

The weather has been a little less wet and wild in the second half of the week but the animals in Llannberis pass have still been lining up two by two searching for an ark. The rivers have been extremely high and i'm told that the local rescue team had 11 calls out last week.
I have been out working on navigation skills and have been on the slate a but for the odd cheeky after work route. The filming of the Hollywood film Clash of the Titans continues in the state quarries but access into Vivian and Bus-stop seems to be fine.
I've not been using the new Lx3 lumix camera too much as i'm still treating it with kid gloves and hiding it from the weather. However, the shot of the North side of the Llanberis pass was taken with it on Thursday when the weather was better.
Sunday is my last day down here and then i'm back home to the Highlands for a month before coming back down to North wales for September.