|Heading up onto Sgurr Alasdair|
The past month seems to have flown by, I suspect it has something to do with the fact the weather has been so good and I have been so busy. I we flick back to my last post where I was on Skye in the sunshine, this post picks up from there. I stayed on Skye and worked with Nick Carter and we took 8 keen walkers onto the South End of the Cuillin. We could tell the weather was on the turn from last week but we had a dry day with some great views and good craic. I was working for Moran Mountain
|Girl Power on the Cuillin|
|Good view on the Pinn|
The next week started with a 4 day Munro course for West Coast Mountain Guides
and this time I was working with Ken Applegate. The weekend saw the change of the weather and this week we didn't get a view from any summit. Despite poor conditions, we all dug deep and completed all the Munro's on the Cuillin, spurred on by some enthusiastic members of the group. Our final decent marked the end of my two weeks on the misty Isle. I packed up, fixed up and made my way south to Wales.
|More learning for me!|
So as I arrived in Wales on Sunday, I went straight to the sea cliffs of Gogarth and climbed 4 routes to shake off my mountaineering legs and get the forearms working. The following 4 days were spent on my second training course in my advance to become a BMG
based at Plas Y Brenin
. We worked with Martin Chester
and a host of local Guides to develop our personal skills, our coaching processes and looked into the psychology of guiding which was very interesting. We had guest speakers and a great deal of input from everyone involved.
|High on Idwal Slabs|
After the 'Rock 2' course I was straight into work with regular client and all round good guy Sean. Luck was on our side. The weather was to hold. The mountains were dry, a nice cool breeze and we both had heaps of enthusiasm. Day one we had a great day linking up five classic scrambles in Ogwen. Day two we we did a couple of laps on the East face of Tryfan, one up and down in the dry and another up and down in the rain. But 4 great routes. Our final day was bone dry again so we romped into Ampitheatre Buttress on Creig yr Ysfa and took pole positions. This was a fantastic finale to a brilliant 3 days. I'm not sure how much mileage we made but everyday was oozing with fantastic climbing and locations.
|A busy Tryfan|
|Getting rays on Ampetheretre Buttress|
|Great Alpine prep|
After 3 days of work I have just come back from 5 days of personal climbing around North Wales with a whole host of friends. I was super keen for some mileage, so I climbed at 7 different crags in Llanberis Pass, had a day at Clogwyn Bu'r Arddu (Cloggy) and a day at Rhoscolyn. Its been such a good week and currently on my way back to Scotland via the Lakes for a couple of days.
|Amazing weather at Cloggy|
|The final top out|
I think this summer is going to be great!