The last little stint of work has fallen on ‘good weather’ days, which was nice. Last week I was out with Matt, Bobby and Gill, all keen and fit walkers that wanted to maximize their time in the hills. I agreed to a big day providing we met a couple of time restrictions and nobody was fading half way through. We started with a swift ascent of the In Pinn before heading onto Sgurr MhicCoinnich and along Collies Ledge. A nice bit of scrambling up and over Sgurr Thearlaich left us on the summit of Sgurr Alasdair by 1pm. From here a steady bit of scrambling leads down and over to Sgurr Dubh Mor and finally onto the Southern most Munro Sgurr nan Eag. All made possible by lots of psyche, enthusiasm and Skye’s generous day of clear blue skies and perfect temperatures. I was once again working for West Coast Mountain Guides.
The following day I met up with Patrick and John for what I hoped would be a good day of rock climbing. These guys were a great laugh, both in their 70’s with lots of climbing experience.Patrick was going to relax at the foot of the route whilst John was keen to sample a Scottish classic. As he was soon departing for Yosemite John wanted to climb around VS level, the closest dicey, granite climbing I could think of had to be Etive slabs, so Spartan Slab it was. We were blessed again with the weather, and even though it was ferociously windy at times, the midges didn’t get a snipped.
Finally today I met with Caroline, Andy and Peter for a traverse of the Aonach Eagach. Peter having done quite allot of scrambling and climbing in the past where as Andy and Caroline were very experienced ultra distance runners. this made a nice mix and plenty to chat about over the course of the day. It was quite windy and damp on the approach but blowing from the East meant our backs were to the weather all morning. By midday things were looking brighter and the team made steady progress on ever drying rock. Another great day int he mountains, thanks to all!