Me and Ian atop Ben Nevis

Me and Ian atop Ben Nevis

Since arriving back from Spain I have enjoyed my last work of the Spring / Summer 2016 season. I had a couple of days bagging Skye Munros culminating in a Skye classic; The Inaccessible Pinnacle. I’ve also enjoyed two days on Ben Nevis guiding climbers up the iconic Tower Ridge.

Tower Ridge

Tower Ridge

Tower Ridge, this time with Andy, Emily and Callum

Tower Ridge, this time with Andy, Emily and Callum

Tower Ridge Guide

Its been a real mix of weather to contend with this year. After such a promising start in June with highs of 20 degrees on the Cuillin Ridge things got somewhat soggy as it rained throughout July and into August. September was characterised by horrendous winds but alas we have been blessed with one of the driest Octobers on record. Thanks to all the paying climbers who have joined Vertical Fever during the summer season, its rewarding to see many returning for more adventures next year.

Skye Cuillin Guide

Runa loving the Pinn Pinn

Runa loving the Pinn Pinn

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Robbie on Sgurr an Eag

Robbie on Sgurr an Eag

Steve enjoying his day on Dubh Mor

Steve enjoying his day on Dubh Mor

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Ive also enjoyed a couple of nice trips to Europe this year. Ken, Hannah and I had a great time in the Alps despite being shut down by weather on many of our objectives. More recently I visited the Picos De Europa, again with Ken and were treated to some fantastic climbing all on immaculate rock in a somewhat spectacular location.

The Naranjo!

The Naranjo!

Ken starting up the Naranjo

Ken romping up the Naranjo

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Ken amongst a sea of limestone

Ken amongst a sea of limestone

Looking ahead to my imminent wedding and a couple of weeks holiday with my soon to be wife. We will have our own adventure in Asia before returning to plenty of snow topped mountains (fingers crossed) for us all to play in! I’ve an assessment that I am keen to pass during the winter so I hope to get a good balance of work and play in the run up to that. Lets hope the 2016/17 winter is as good as the last!

A fine day to finish my season of Skye Guiding

A fine day to finish my season of Skye Guiding