Grey Corries

Went for a quick walk up the Grey Corries Stob Bhan today with Ann and Molly the Collie.

Lovely dawn over Aonach Mor as we started walking up the Coirecoillie track. We had some coompany along the way with two other out and about.

After 11′s at the bothy we made a good ascent up the munro with nice snowcover, and back before dark. You have to make the most of these short good days

Not bad for theĀ 29th day of November. Roll on December.

Climbing on Cruachan

November is finishing with a flourish. This week has been cold and snow and the mixed climbs are really coming into condition now.

Nick the Postie and I decided to have a look at our local hill Ben Cruachan and visit Noe Buttress. After a rather early start we left the car at the dam at 7.15 and had a spectacular sunrise as we yomped up the hill.

The crags were in excellent condition for mixed climbing and we decided on a classic route called Tainted Elixar. This turned out to be quiet stiff for a first route of the season but we eventually managed to get up it. Nick leading the crux in style, me following with somewhat less style.

After topping out we wondered over the summit in the sun, looking at some superb hoar frost crystals and then back down. There were a lot of folk on the hill today I counted at least 12 doing the round of Ben Cruachan.

Hoar Frost on the summit cairn

October.

October started well. I attended Stewarts Corbett completion on Beinn Resipol at the start of the month and we had a lovely autunm day and a good turnout to see Stewart fininsh the 224 Corbetts.

Later in the month, we have been out and about but nothing particularly exciting and the ‘days are drawing in’ as they say round here…. Roll on winter.

 

September

September just seemed to dissapear hardly without noticing it.

We had some early snow, like here on Ben Nevis. I had a team out for the day on Ledge Route and the Carn Mor Dearg Arete.

August

August started well, I had a short trip to Skye to do the Inn Pinn that I missed with a group due to snow in May. This time we had an awesome day. Dry and sunny with a late cloud inversion and a broken spectre on sgurr na Bannadich see the second picture.

Later in the month I did a trip away for a couple of weeks to Kyrgystan to climb a few hills out there. That was an epic trip I will tell you about when I meet you on the hill……

Otherwise August was fairly similar to July wet especially in the east better on the west

 

 

 

July

July had many facets this year. We did a family trip to Edinburgh to see the sights and also to do my Supercar day that I got for my 50th birthday at Ingleston. Well needless to say it rained allot and i thought the driving day would be off. But being hardy Scot’s we carried on and it wasn’t cancelled despite torrential rain and flooded roads.

What a washout summer. We did get a few good days on the hill here is Sheila and I on Ben Vorlich, the Loch Earn one. On a nice day, I actually got a view off it this time.

That was about it for July. At least most of the rain was on the east of the country.