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An Teallach Ridge Traversed 21st September
An Teallach from the road on the 20th September
The girls were good and rose bright and early for an hours drive round to An Teallach. As they got closer the sun rose to give magnificent views. Early morning cloud swirled around the Mountain but did not deter them. Within three hours they stood on the first top and the ridge unravelled itself. Keeping right on the crest Adele and Diana moved along the ridge, taking in every opportunity to scramble.
Diana scrambling away.
By 5pm just half an hour longer than guide book time the girls were fighting their way through the final wood before Diana took a swim crossing the final stream. Oh well this did not spoil the day which was celebrated with a pint or two of Timothy Taylors in Ullapool.
Well done Diana not bad for 70.
Adele is now on her way to Wales to work for the weekend.
Posted on 21 Sep 2012 by adele
The Far North 19th September
After a wet day in the Lakes Adele headed North on the train to Inverness. Whisked off the station platform Adele was captured by Diana and they drove North to have a quick walk around Stac Pollaidh before retreating to Diana's Croft.
As the clouds cleared in the morning Adele was determined to get a route or two done before the rain came in. Heading to Reiff sea cliffs Adele had some solo mania and played on the cliffs until her heart was content.
Now it was time for Diana to have her fun and despite having walked around Stac Pollaidh yesterday Diana was intent that she wanted to go back again and do the complete ridge scramble. It was this time last year that Adele, Diana and Rosemary had retreated from the final crux.
Nothing was going to stop Adele and Diana today and they set off about 3pm. Within half an hour the rain came but undeterred they continued and soon found themselves on the ridge enjoying the best of the crest. At the crux Diana followed Adele without hesitation and at 70 Diana had completed the task.
Tomorrow the girls are hoping for another tick on their wish list so let's hope the weather plays game and the girls don't drink too much wine.
Posted on 19 Sep 2012 by adele
It cannot be that bad! 17th September
Tony enjoying himself ( I think)
Today Tony and Adele went for a day's scrambling in the Lakeland fells. With the forecast of heavy rain and 45mph winds they hid themselves in Jack's Rake and honestly had a great time. Taking in Pavey Ark and Harrison Stickle with some rope work thrown in Adele and Tony certainly earnt their scones and tea today.
Tony on the summit of Pavey
Posted on 17 Sep 2012 by adele
Taking every opportunity 15th September
After a final debrief with Firhill school after our amazing expedition to Bolivia Adele had some climbing buddies lined up just incase the sun shone.
At 7am on Saturday moning even after a night out in Edinburgh Adele and Mr G scurried to Aberdour to meet Raymond who had travelled from the West. The sun shone but the wind gusted at 40mph and after a route to warm up Adele stole the lead on the classic Pain Pillar VS 4c
Hanging in on Pain Pillar
The gusts added entertainment value to this fantastic route.
Raymond with an Adele Kite
With time to do one more route before the tide cut us off Raymond climbed Lilly in perfect style ensuring that Mr G and Dr P didn't get wet feet
Raymond on Lilly (S)
Mr G with dry feet
Driving back to the West Adele and Raymond went to investigate Auchinstarry quarry and jumped on slinky Lizard HS 4b which unfortunately prooved not to be such a great climb for short Adele.
The day was completed with real ale, good company and food in Glasgow.
Posted on 16 Sep 2012 by adele
A wet week in the Lakes (Adele on Holiday) 13th Sep
For the first time in a month Adele had a few days off to catch up on admin and relax. With Millie the van in the garage Adele was grounded in Keswick for three days.
Officially Mad a wet ascent of Cam Crag Ridge ( Thurs) to complete the holiday.
Out came the old bike and keen to meet other climbers she enthusiastically cycled to Shepherd's cafe on Tuesday evening. Meeting up with some members of the Keswick Mountaineering club everyone hid from the rain. At about five there was a dry patch and Adele dressed in a cycling jacket and waterproof trousers ascended Jackdaw ridge with Ian as some other members were more ambitious and jumped on Fisher's Folly. The rain came again and Adele and Ian escaped a drenching whereas the others were not so lucky.
On Wednesday Julie arrived bounding with enthusiasm and the plan was to drink coffee, do a quick jaunt up and over Catbells and then a climb if the weather cleared. The plan came to fruition and both had a great day of chatting, climbing , walking and cafe's
Thursday the forecast was good so Andy H was preparing for another Classic rock route. Something tells me he didn't want to climb as he announced that he had not brought his rock boots. Lucky really as the driving rain and wind made an ascent of Cam Crag Ridge quite exciting.
Andy Taking care on Cam Crag Ridge
So declaring herself officially mad Adele had a fun few days with some mates and Rain did not stop play
Without Millie the van, but in a silver KA Adele will be going to work in Edinburgh tomorrow for the final day with Firhill School and will hopefully sneak a route in at Aberdour sea cliffs.
Posted on 13 Sep 2012 by adele
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