Monday, 6 July 2015


Mountain biking is self explanatory really.

It must take place in the mountains.  It must involve the ascent of at least one significant peak.  It must involve at least one section of hike-a-bike.  It must also involve at least one section of carry-a-bike.

Today, Clare & Di went mountain biking.  It definitely took place in the mountains; it took in 2 significant peaks; it involved numerous sections of hike-a-bike; and it also involved a rather steep carry-a-bike section.

It was probably the first [and probably the last] time that Clare will traverse a mountain pushing a mountain bike both in ascent in descent.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

There is only one thing worse than ...

... breaking in new rock shoes.  And that will be 2 climbers breaking in new rock shoes.

I always seem to have an adventure with Mick in the hills and yesterday was no exception.   We did briefly think about heading into the northern corries but the thought of standing in the shade wasn't too appealing so off to Creag Death it was.

We actually done some nice routes with the exception of the last one.  If you managed to battle through the holly bush:

you than had to contend with the rose thorns and then the grass top out.  

Just to top it off, the abseil took you into a pile of nettles.

Note to self:  must include strimmer and secateurs into the climbing rack next time.

On a very very positive note - the sun was out, the wind was blowing and it was all brought to an end with a BBQ.  Happy days.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Team Allan

Mountains are special places, but the people that you spend time with in the mountains are some of the best around.

For the past 2 days, I have been utterly spoilt by Team Allan - 3 generations of.  Kerry had absolutely no intention of bagging any hills this week but the offer of the Inaccessible Pinnacle was too big a lure.

Brian is discovering that navigation on Skye is often harder than the guide books indicates (especially in pea soup) - and despite thinking he had climbed Banachdich from the South, he was slightly shocked to learn that he had climbed it from the North.  No wonder the corrie didn't look overly familiar and all the conversations we had about the peak make utter sense now :)

In the end the weather won - the weather always wins on Skye and a traverse will have to wait for another time.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Two right hands

Brian said that if I don't confess to this, he will comment so...

... today I took 2 right gloves.  Normally this isn't a massive issue but to say that today was defo a glove day would be an understatement.  

Thank goodness that today I had numerous pairs of gloves so all was not lost.

2 Munros in the bag for the boys with more to follow tomorrow. 


Sunday, 21 June 2015

The Highland Cross

Over the past 32 years, the Highland Cross have gifted £3.8 million to local charities.

Being an invitational event, the chances of mere mortals like myself getting a place is not going to happen but due to a last minute drop out with work, Derek managed to get himself a place.

So, Alison and Di waved them off and then had a mad dash around some very remote corbetts/munros before whizzing back to the Beauly to see Derek and Lottie pass the finish line.

Fantastic party atmosphere in Beauly with a variety of ages and sizes beaming in their glory of making it over the finishing line.

Friday, 12 June 2015

The three amigo's

I love Scotland.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Summer has finally arrived ...

... because yesterday we climbed in t-shirts, had a barbie by the loch side and today I had a lolly pop.

Today I joined up with Jo & Roger who were wanting to push themselves and do some training for a Skye Traverse which is planned later in the summer.

There aren't many options on the Ben for snow free routes to be honest, so out of all the Classic Ridges, we went for the only snow free option that there is at present - Castle Ridge.

A superb route in an excellent situation.

The only other 2 people we saw today were skiers who also had an excellent day but that's not my story to tell but needless to say that the Tower Double got done today :)

Long may summer continue - which translates as:  if you have sent Di an email recently, you'll have to wait for a reply because she is far too busy enjoying a very slow coming summer.