The second half of May has been busy period, mostly in conjunction with some amazing weather in The Scottish Highlands.
Firstly, Guy and I ran another Skye Munros Course, with a team of four each, on behalf of Steve Fallon. The aim of these courses is to complete all 11 of the Munros that lie on the main Cuillin Ridge over four days, as well as to arm the participants with core mountaineering skills that they can then transfer to their own adventures.
The weather forecast for the week was for mixed conditions, very different to the sunshine and dry weather of the previous week, but with a bit of juggling of days and the teams being thrown into the deep end by tackling the Inn Pinn on the first day, which they all coped brilliantly with, we enjoyed a hugely successful four days, and summited all eleven Munros. Well done to the teams for braving the elements, particularly on the final day! Hopefully they will be back to enjoy the Skye Cuillin, in the sunshine, which does happen, in the future.
Back in Lochaber, Kenny was out with Joe, who is in training for a trip to the Alps. They had a successful day on North East Buttress on Ben Nevis. North East Buttress is a fantastic route in summer conditions, as well as being one of the finest climbs of its grade in winter, and perfect preparation for bigger objectives in the Alps.
David & David had a day out with Scott, on the Aonach Eagach, in Glencoe, and a day out with Ian on Sgurr Mhic Choinnich and the Inn Pinn on Skye. They enjoyed two productive days, in great conditions, on two of the UK’s finest single day mountaineering routes.
Ian also guided Steve, Jack and Jeremy on Skye that week. It was their first time on the Cuillin Ridge, so a great opportunity to sample a number of Munros in the best mountaineering playground in the UK, as well as pick up some essential mountaineering skills along the way. A complete Cuillin Ridge Traverse next time chaps?
Speaking of complete Cuillin Ridge Traverses, Scott successfully guided brothers Bob & Peter along the ridge. Bob and Peter had tried a traverse in the past, but had been thwarted for a number of reasons, however, this time, things were different, and everything fell nicely into place, allowing Bob and Peter to successfully complete the traverse, with perfect weather from end to end.
Finally, Tom enjoyed an adventurous day out in Knoydart, an area not often visited when working. He was out with Humphrey, who in the past, has completed all of the Munros, and is now working his way through the Corbetts. Humphrey had chartered a boat which left at 8am from Mallaig, and so the pair were dropped off at the head of Loch Nevis, to tackle the remote Corbett, Ben Aden. This mountain extremely rock and steep on all sides, and one of the hardest summits to reach in the whole of the UK, so the pair did well to reach the summit in good time, and made it down in plenty of time, for a boat pick-up at 5pm.
So, fingers crossed that there’s more good weather over the next month, which predications are suggesting will happen: Monthly weather forecast for the UK – Net Weather.