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Scotland continues 2nd April
UCLAN student James experiences Scottish Winter
Climbing Crowberry with an old mate
Italian right hand
Descending Tower Ridge
Watching otters and seals.
The Scottish winter continues and Adele will be here for another ten days and is available to work.
Words cannot describe the conditions or the routes to be snatched.
Posted on 02 Apr 2013 by adele
Ann and Ian Excell
After a hectic week of presenting and working in Wales Adele was ready for Ann and Ian who openly omitted their rope dyslexia and fear of heights.
Not to waste the opportunity of good weather and with Ian and Ann having had the Mungo Ross school of introductory mountaineering we set off straight for No 2 Gully on Ben Nevis
Walking in to No 2 Gully
Starting off early as to compensate for what Ann and Ian had suggested their "slow pace " it was only 9.30am and we were cramponing up! With the very hard ice conditions we roped up early and eventually found ourselves resting our calves under a rock with some ice chandeliers providing the curtains.Ian having a rather grumpy face was perhaps due to his wife Ann smacking him in the eye with her ice axe.
It was all going well in No 2 Gully and then their was a rather longer than expected wait for Adele as she shouted Climb when Ready...... It soon became clear what had happened when Ian arrived at the next belay stance with just one axe!
Ian hiding the fact he had lost one axe.
Not deterred we continued ti the top to have the finest views anyone could wish to have.
Views on the Ben
Tired but happy we descended the Red Burn and returned to the van just a bit later than desired.
Fizzy pop soon revived us but a later start for the morning was planned.
The next day brought learning in the white room as Ian and Anne learnt the art of belaying and snow anchors whilst whilst dangling each other over Easy Gully on Aanoch Mor. With everything filling in with snow as fast as we dug it we decided that coffee and cake would go down well together with a visit to Boots to try and sort out poor Ann's feet that were proving to be very painful.
Ian and Ann learning in the white room
Returning to Ballachuilish full of cake and armed with antiseptic cream and padding we planned to meet in the Lochan car park at 8am the following morning.
It was grim and although the forecast predicted an improvement the thought of standing sodden on belay ledges was not a good one so a quick change of plan was agreed and we were soon setting off to do the Ballachuilish Horse shoe ...well only a slight delay as Adele ran down the road to fetch her ice axe....
A fantastic winter's day out with scrambling, navigation and all that goes with some wild weather.
Navigating for real.
Finally after a superb day even Adele rebelled as we slipped and tripped through the felled forest. That was soon forgotten as the thought of a couple of beers and a good meal quickened our pace back to the car.
A superb three days and thank you Ann and Ian who I feel have now definitely moved into the top set.
Posted on 15 Mar 2013 by adele
Climb When Ready Eddie 6th March
Little did Eddie know when he rang in January to enquire about doing some winter skills that 8 weeks later he would have completed two full on winter climbs and begin his addiction to Scottish madness.
Having never seen a crampon on a boot or which way up to hold an ice axe, Eddie excelled himself on day one on Aonoch Mor impressing Adele with his forward ice axe breaking and his ability to dance the dosie doe in crampons " a personal test that APM has before advancing to the next stage" Moving quickly on we practiced some steeper ice and then some rope work with the finale as Eddie was told to abseil over Easy Gully. Day one had gone so well there was no more introduction but a plan to climb Ledge route on Ben Nevis the next day.
Eddie on the first pitch of Ledge Route
Oh my God was the statement of the day as Eddie took in the marvelous views and was in ore of the big bad Ben. Storming up the route we topped out with plenty of time to get to the summit and for Eddie to tick the highest mountain in the UK. Descending the Red burn Eddie managed to assist some walkers from Budapest who had underestimated our Scottish mountains and gave a hand to one who did not have spikes on his feet.
Tired but happy we had time to pick up the mended laptop and have tea in the Onich Hotel before crashing back at Fern Villa B and B.
Wednesday arrived too quickly and even Pennington had an extra half an hour snooze. Armed with Cheese and tomato butties and numerous bags of crisps Ediie experience his first walk up to Stob Coire nan Lochan. As Adele said we are half way there Eddie in his fine Liverpool accent said " you are joking arnt ya" Sorry "no" Adele giggled....and Eddie looked up with fear and said " please tell me your lying" Silence took us forward for the next hour and a half until we entered the white room. Eddie sticking close by Adele's side followed with faith as she walked into the mist and all of a sudden popped out at the start of NC gully.
CLIMB WHEN READY EDDIE and we were off up NC. The wind and freezing temperatures added atmosphere and before we knew it we were topping out
Eddie topping out on NC Gully
Yep a grand day out and back for lots of coffee and Eddie's persistence to shop until he dropped....( Word of advice never take Eddie shopping!!!!)
Its our last day tomorrow and some excuses have been made but I am sure after some food and a well deserved pint Eddie will be up for more if the weather permits.
Posted on 06 Mar 2013 by adele
BMC Winter Skills 2/3 March
BMC Winter Skills team on the summit of Ben Nevis
"This weekend a group of seven club members from a variety of local clubs gathered at the Alex Mac Intyre hut in Onich, North west Scotland.
On the first morning we gathered information about the weather and avalanche forecast and headed up to Stob Coire n Lochan in Glencoe. Once in the Coire we practices some ice axe arrest before splitting into to groups. One team stayed in the coire to practice skills with Paul whilst the others went for a journey with Adele up the NW ridges and topping out on Stob Coire nan Lochan. Reuniting in the Coire we all walked back, tired but very happy after a full day out.
The weather held for Sunday and we headed to Ben Nevis on our way to the CIC hut we did some more work on footwork and were lucky enough to find some ice to test out our front pointing technique. We then continued up Number four Gully where all the skills were adopted for real as we topped out above the cornice. A short walk to the summit of Ben Nevis was then a bonus for everyone.
A super weekend and thank you to all those who attended and to Paul for his relaxed and informative style of instruction.
Thank you BMC
Posted on 05 Mar 2013 by adele
Introductory winter Mountaineering Course 21st to 27th March
Two Places available on a Tyn Dwr Introductory Winter Mountaineering Course.
Dates: Fri 21st March – Thursday 27th March 2013.
This is a chance to join mountaineering instructors Adele Pennington and Olly Sanders, developing your winter skills in Scotland.
Fri 22nd March - drive up to Scotland
Sat 23rd – Wed 27th March - 5 days of Winter Skills
Thurs 28th March - drive back to Preston
The course will include: ice axe and crampon techniques, self-arrest, snow and avalanche evaluation, winter weather, movement in winter terrain.
Cost includes transport to Scotland (we will pick you up in Preston and drop you off in Preston on the way back), all instruction, equipment hire and accommodation. You simply have to pay for your own food.
Please contact Adele on 07968983146 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Posted on 27 Feb 2013 by adele
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