Ben Nevis North Face, not quite winter yet.....

Ben Nevis North Face (Nov 2014), not quite winter yet…..

Its November, there is little in the way of dry rock about, unless ofcourse you live in the peak District. I had a quick jaunt down the Glen to see how things were looking (damp) and to revisit some rock routes I will try to grab over the winter months. Work on the website continues with a new look Booking Page and various links to social media. The appetite for getting fit has increased by getting my head into Training for the New Alpinism, a book written by Steve House and Scott Johnston focusing on training specifically for the hills. I am only a few chapters in but early indications are that the book is aimed at people with a reasonable amount of previous Alpine experience and training knowledge, it certainly isn’t light reading put it that way! With a potential Himalayan expedition in the pipeline, I am going to put all my eggs in one basket in 2015 and train in close relation to this book, something that I am (sadly) looking forward to.

Here on the West Coast, the wait for some solid winter conditions continues. Over East the Northern Corries have seen a little action from a Yearsley / Nisbet team who managed to squeeze in Just A Spot O’Sightseeing (IV,6) on the Mess of Pottage last Wednesday. Reports suggest conditions have retreated for the time being but no doubt there will be some ‘desperates’ out this weekend scratching up loose, unconsolidated rock routes. I had a look back through the blog to see what I was upto in previous Novembers. Last year we were still ‘buming’ it around Spain and Portugal on our 5 month journey through Europe. At the time I was envious of the early winter conditions that had took hold in Scotland, although now I longingly look back at those pictures of sun, sea and dry rock! November 2012, almost to the day, Davie and I climbed Glovers Chimney in superb conditions. There was certainly more snow about than at present but that’s not to say 2014/15 wont be a great winter!

Susan Jensen competing at the Ice Factor (Photo: Insidethelens)

Susan Jensen competing at the Ice Factor (Photo: Insidethelens)