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Last Thursday I was back in Glen Nevis prowling the crags looking for my own projects. After being Inspired by Kev’s efforts on Arrakis Taught, I thought I would start by heading back up the hill and getting a rope on his new line to see how it goes. Typically after the slog to get there it started to pour with rain and which meant a swift retreat back to the van.  Sean wrote a great blog about the day. Further down the Glen I decided to take a look at Whale Rock and Nameless Crag as there are routes on both these I wouldn’t mind working trying next time its dry.

This weekend John was in Fort William to refresh his scrambling skills and get back into rock climbing. His end goal is potentially a crack at the Skye Cuillin Ridge, today however, he wanted to go back to basics looking at techniques to keep peers safe without the use of bags of equipment. We used the Zig Zags in Glencoe which worked well and gave maximum learning time over the day. It was quite wet and windy to start with but soon became dry enough to strip the waterproofs and enjoy views down the Glen.

Great day out on the Zig Zags

Great day out on the Zig Zags

Today we went for the complete opposite – road side rock climbing in Glen Nevis. Al had given me the idea about a nice link up starting with Three Pines (VD) and working the way up through different buttress’. In the end we wend for Three Pines (VD), Flying Dutchman (MS) and Pike Wall (VD) before finishing off with a scramble down Scimitar Ridge to consolidate Johns renewed scrambling skills. Beautiful weather today; warm, sunny with a fresh wind and most importantly – no midgies! Off for an adventure tomorrow………

John on the first pitch of the day, Three Pines

John on the first pitch of the day, Three Pines

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