|Sean on the Cioch Nose on Day 1|
I'm sure you're all up to speed with how brilliant the weather has been in the highlands. Sean, who is up for 8 days of climbing in Scotland, timed it perfectly. Kicked off with a sunny ascent of the Cioch Nose (VD)**** in Applecross. A superb way to start the week and get his head back into big boot climbing.
With the forecast we decided to get stuck into our Cuillin Ridge Traverse (VD)**** right away. We teamed up with my good friend Andy
and his client for a sociable traverse and a great bivi. We opted for the boat in from Elgol and Sean and I climbed all the Munro's on the main ridgeline as well as all the technical climbs except Naismith's on Am Basteir. Success all round and a great stint in the North-West.
|Andy, Ali and Sean at the 1st Munro of the ridge|
|Andy on the Inaccessible Pinnacle|
|Late evening before the bivi, a great time to be scrambling|
After a day off to rest and recover from the Cuillin Ridge, we continued our 8 day stint on the West Coast based in Lochaber.
Our first day we started off on Tower Ridge (D)**** which we shared with Max and his clients. From the summit we descended Ledge Route (Grade 2)**** ticking off two of the classic Ben Nevis Ridges. I wonder when we will complete them all?
For a change of scenery, Sean and I headed to Glencoe for some more scrambling. As the weather was a little mixed we opted for scrambling rather than climbing, Agag's can wait. Instead we climbed up Broad Buttress (Grade 3)*** and descended Great Gully Buttress (grade 1/2)* for a nice round of continuous scrambling and an opportunity for Sean to do a spot of leading.
|Sean seeking for the best holds|
|Happy as Larry (whoever Larry is?)|
With all the good weather we have had, it had to come to an end. Sean was sold on the idea of trying ice climbing so we headed to the Ice Factor for the day for refrigerated climbing and also some rock climbing coaching to help improve Seans technique for when we climb outside. As always in there, a day fueled by coffee and cake and enough climbing to make your arms feel like soggy, rolled up newspapers.
|Always smiles when it's dry|
For our final day we opted for a slightly shorter day and another classic Ben Nevis ridge. Castle Ridge (Grade 3)*** was a good choice as it's a shorter route and Sean wasn't keen to prolong the soaking we were due as the weather came in. Fortunately, we were through all the technical climbing before the heavens opened and as they did we opted for a quick and easy descent down the tourist route.
|Sean getting techy|
|Brace yourself....this hill is about to get very wet!|
A very successful week for Sean with the highlight being the Cuillin Ridge in great style. With a busy summer ahead, it is great to kick off with some great weather, good company and some great climbing. Two more Ben Nevis Ridges to do. Right, time to have a couple of days off.