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Leaving the winter behind 14th April
Today's avalanche forecast Glencoe
Its always difficult to walk away and to bring the Scottish season to an end. This year has been exceptional! and Adele would like to thank everyone who has shared moments of joy, fear, excitement, stunning views, white out etc etc
"Adele is an inspiration. She will push you as hard as she can but be as cautious as she needs to be. Whatever the day brings - and in our case it brought two middle-aged, keen but creaking people - Adele remains positive, cheerful and in possession of a wicked sense of humour. Our three days together were absolutely wonderful and will remain in our memory for ever. Thank you Adele and, if you can bear it, here's to the next outing!"
Scottish winter mountaineering is an adventure and adventure comes with risk, but today the stakes in Glencoe would be too high. Learning to walk away is mandatory.
Adele leading out on the Orion Face Ben Nevis ( Thanks to Dave Barker for the picture and climbing partnership)
Posted on 14 Apr 2013 by adele
Last day of winter climbing for a while 12th April
Raymond decided to return for his last winter route even though he had hung his axes up and had replaced them for rock shoes and quick draws in Spain.
Having had such a good day on Right Twin yesterday Adele decided to give Raymond the delights of the steepest ever grade II. Despite just touching freezing at the top hut, the ice was still in good condition and the cornice exit even more exciting with Adele hanging in her picks as her legs flung in free space.
Adele is now returning South for a few weeks.
1 Place Available on SPA Training course 27/28 April ( Peak District) cost £120 non residential.
Fancy some Summer rock climbing or scrambling in Scotland , the Lakes or Wales
Places available Summer ML Training 11th August to 16th August cost £440
If your interested in any of the above please contact Adele.
Posted on 12 Apr 2013 by adele
Aonoch Mor East Face 11th April
Alison taking refuge in a snow hole
Today Alison and Adele took a ride as far as they could to climb on the East Face of Aonoch Mor. Making full use of the facilities the snow patrol had made outside their shed they shared the customary cheese butties before descending into the whiteness of the East face. A short abseil took them over the lip of easy gully and below the cliffs that were covered in stonking ice. Wandering along the bottom Adele tried to use her distant memory to find left twin. An anchor was built and although graded at a II left twin provided them with all the excitement they needed. Brilliant ice that was steeper than expected and then a leg swinging wriggle over the cornice gave this route its three stars.
Thanks to ski patrol Dave for a hot drink as the two snow ladies found themselves back at the top hut.
Yet another great day!
Posted on 11 Apr 2013 by adele
Two Places left on SPA Training Course 27th/28th April
Adele will be running a Single Pitch Training Course in the Peak District on the 27th/28th April.
The course is non residential and costs £120
Please contact Adele if your interested or make a booking directly with http://www.mountain-training.org
Posted on 09 Apr 2013 by adele
Tower Ridge for Alison 9th April
Its been five weeks since Alison and Adele cheekily through abuse at each other as to who had forgotten the car keys. Obviously this was not going to be the last time that this duo were going to laugh their way through a route. A plan was made for Tower Ridge and the plan was kept. Talking non stop for the walk in it was no wonder no one else joined them on Tower ridge.
Alison enjoying her day.
Alison peeping at what is coming next.
The last section of the ridge.
The girls topped out at 4.15pm and ran down the Red burn in a wave of excitement and planning their evening of Beer and food.
Well done Alison!
Posted on 09 Apr 2013 by adele
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