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Back on the Ben 3rd March
With the freezing level coming down to 900m there was only one place to go for Richard and John who had left the big city last night and flown up for the weekend. After a quick briefing and fitting of crampons we left Ballachuilish and drove North. The rain and wind did not deter us and after Richard reminded Adele abouth the absence of ice axes! we strode out up the path. It was a bit of gloom and doom as a number of groups were already on their way down, ignoring their despondent views we continued and on turning the corner in to the Coire the snowy gullies came out of the cloud.
Walking into Coire na Ciste
After some instruction on self arrest, crampon fitting and cramponing we made our way up No 4 gully. This provided an ideal location to practice some rope work and pitching in preparation for our climb tommorow. In true Scottish style the spin drift and wind added atmosphere to the day and we topped out to get a view.
Richard and John after their ascent of No 4 Gully
Well done boys a grand day out!
Posted on 03 Mar 2012 by adele
Training for Lhotse 2nd March Moody GlencoeIn training for Lhotse Adele took advantage of the Spring conditions and " got on her bike" for some tours around the glens. The magical attraction of Glencoe never ceases to amaze and after two great bike rides Adele is ready for another couple of weeks of the winter season. Snow is forecasted and with a winter camping trip planned for next week it is all looking hopeful for the return of winter. Even if it does not arrive there is snow on the Ben and Scotland is just a beautiful place to be.Adele still has a few days available in the middle of March for Scottish (Winter) mountaineering or climbing. Lhotse from Camp 1 on EverestAdele will be leaving for Lhotse with a small Jagged Globe team on the 3rd April. This will be her 5th 8000m peak.
Posted on 02 Mar 2012 by adele
An Atmospheric day on the Aonach Eagach 29th Feb
Today Adele and Noelle took the opportunity to make a traverse of one of the finest ridges in Scotland. Perhaps not in full winter conditions but certainly very entertaining and requiring the use of a variety of scrambling rope work and movement techniques. Words such as slithering, groveling and hugging were used to describe Adele's and Noelle's stylish movement across the ridge. Although not a winter traverse the slippy wet rock presented its own challenges and both Adele and Noelle were extremely happy with their day out.
Posted on 29 Feb 2012 by adele
Sea instead of Snow 28th Feb
With the temperatures rising into double figures Adele, Noelle, Claire Simon and Aine decided to take to the coast to enjoy a day at the Aberdour Sea Cliffs.
Noelle on the Lead With everyone enjoying a few routes the tide came in and washed Simon's feet before indicating end of play.Tommorow its off to a scramble across the Aonach Eagach Ridge Snow is forecast fro the weekend so lets hope it gets a wee bit colder and we can get back on the snow.
Posted on 28 Feb 2012 by adele
Bum sliding wins the weekend!
There was no hesitance this morning ( Except from Adele) to take the long day option for the Barker's Birthday bash weekend. With a brief encounter of blue sky the team set of up to Stob Coire n Lochan. Chatter kept us going and soon we were on our way up the snow slopes towards the NE ridge.
Climbing up the snow slopes towards the ridge.After summiting and negotiating the crater rim of the Lochan there was only one option to the descent ! There was no hesitation by any member of the team age 70 or 33 but young Tom won the show.
Tom on his bum.
With just a morning left before flying back south a session in the ice factor tommorow will just complete a FINE long weekend in the Scottish Mountains.
Posted on 26 Feb 2012 by adele
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