Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Monday, 27 June 2011
Sunday, 26 June 2011
Skye MRT have advised Cioch Direct as a no go area following an abseil inspection yesterday. Team members will attempt to clean up the worst area tomorrow whilst removing ropes and gear left in the accident a few weeks ago. I'll update here when I hear how things go but I suspect that the route will always retain an even greater reputation for requiring caution.
SKYE MOUNTAIN RESCUE ASSOCIATION
Subject: Guidebook and Publications Comment
Comments: COULD YOU PLEASE ISSUE THIS WARNING. 25/06/2011
Cioch Direct on the Sron Na Ciche Skye is a no go area until further notice. After recent rock falls resulting in the death of a climber and the serious injury of 2 other climbers on the 31 May the climb has become unstable, especialy at the base of the 3rd picth. Further rock falls are immenent. Climbers should not attempt this route until the large boulders in the gully have been removed.
Please display this message on your web site and help us prevent any further injury/death to climbers.
Conformation of this message can be obtained from Northern Constabulary Portree Tel 01478 612778.
Also see UKC post.
Friday, 24 June 2011
Thursday, 23 June 2011
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
Sunday, 19 June 2011
Thursday, 16 June 2011
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Sunday, 12 June 2011
Saturday, 11 June 2011
Today Lee and I went to Observatory Ridge for a great mountaineering day. The forecast was for good morning weather deteriorating to poor weather in the afternoon. So we got a reasonable start and were leaving the van at 0830. The ridge was a touch damp and there was a half inch of hail/snow on most of the ledges but not enough to impact badly on the climbing. We pitched the first 4 rope lengths and then moved together up the rest of the ridge and the weather stayed dry and clear all until we had summited at lunchtime and beyond. So after we got to the top it seemed sensible to continue Lee's acquaintance with the North Face with a descent of Ledge Route. We had the odd spit of rain on the way down but nothing serious as we wandered down the ridge to finish a good day out.
Friday, 10 June 2011
Sunday, 5 June 2011
On the second day of the MLTA Skills weekend at Glenmore Lodge I was running a workshop based around improvised rescue.
Wendell has completed his MIA training and was looking for a refresher whilst Mike is a much less experienced climber. So I gave Wendell the opportunity to do some teaching of basic building blocks for Mike who in turn acted as a casualty so that we could revise some scenarios and problem solving. Another dry day where groups were out revising ML Ropework, looking at GPS based navigation, the teaching of navigation to novices and the environment of the Cairngorms. Another busy but successful day.
Saturday, 4 June 2011
Friday, 3 June 2011
Sorry about the blurry photos- the camera was down the front of my t-shirt and I was perspiring somewhat!