Ive been enjoying a bit of very diverse work lately, taking Shiqi over the Aonach Eagach for Lochaber Guides, taking a stroll with a multi national group from Glenbrittle to Sligachan for Skye Guides and dodging showers today climbing Agags Groove with Ross for Abacus Mountain Guides. Its times like these when the sun is out and work keeps you on your toes it really does make me think my ‘job’ is brilliant.

Shiqi enjoying the Aonach Eagach

Shiqi enjoying the Aonach Eagach

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Shiqi was visiting from the USA and had asked to do the Aonach Eagach. We had almost perfect weather with a good breeze and cloudy skies to keep us reasonably cool we cruised along the ridge enjoying superb views as we went. A stern effort for someone who had no idea what he was really letting himself in for!

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Yesterday I was working with Mike who had a large group keen to do a bit of walking and gain a little knowledge about the Cuillin’s along the way. The group were taking part in a conference about computer imaging and various other interesting subjects, all had travelled considerable distance to be there, including a guy from New Zealand and a lady from Singapore! Mike (being slightly feral) was first dive bomb into one of the deep pools along the way only to encourage more to follow on this hot and muggy day.

Mike and crew cooling off!

Mike and crew cooling off!

Today and tomorrow I am working with Ross who is keen for a couple of classic rock routes. Today we got to grips with his first proper mountain rock climb – Agags Groove (VD). I have only guided the route twice previously so today was excellent fun for both of us, the mist was down on the first pitch and I was wondering if the drizzle was going to get any heavier but no sooner had we buttoned down the hatches the skies cleared – superb!

Happy days on Agags Groove

Happy days on Agags Groove

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Whilst the good weather wont last and my personal climbing has suffered due to a set back with injury problems its still superb to take others out into the hills to try and quench some of their big aspirations. More of the same tomorrow – will the sun stay out to play or are we going to get wet!?