Our Mav (left) will be sorely missed

Our Mav (left) will be sorely missed

Its been a pretty poor week by this years standards. Last week we lost our 6 year old Husky, Maverick. It was really unexpected and came as quite a shock, as with most dogs he was a big part of the family and will be sorely missed. I witnessed a lucky escape by two friends climbing at Scimitar Buttress in Glen Nevis. First up Mark who fell off Diagonal and ended up inverted and hanging by a ‘not so good’ wire. Then Joe who had decided to try and solo Finger Tip Finale but jumped/fell off decking out at 10m! Read Kev’s Blog here about the day. Both escaped with minor injures which I was extremely surprised at given the height of the fall. Anyway, we all take these risks and even though it was a close call its still good to be out with keen people pushing their own limits.

Joe looking solid at the start of Finger Tip Finale

Joe looking solid at the start of Finger Tip Finale

And just before becoming airborne!

And just before becoming airborne!

I have since been trying a route at Whale Buttress called Run for Home. Its crimpy, bouldery start gives way at about 8m then joins the upper section of Earthstip – the classic E2 of the crag. Although I havent been on the lead, it looks like a good route although its taken a back seat now due to lack of willing belayers etc. For anyone looking for a solid E4 its now very clean and chalked up! I have also been back to Wave to clean the upper wall of the project I have been trying. It will go at some point, even though it is super hard for me. Maybe when things cool down a bit again I will get back down there and get the last two moves sorted.

Today I gave up a days climbing with James after a late evening call lastnight asking to guide Tower Ridge. As it happen I stood in the North Face Carpark and nobody turned up so another days climbing was annoyingly lost! Off to Skye tomorrow for a stint of work, fingers crossed we hold onto the good weather.

Skye!

Skye!