Sunday, 12 April 2009

Nice Easter day in the Cairngorms

A warm and spring like day in the Cairngorm with adequate snow cover high up.The gullies are still full and give nice climbing, the technical buttresses are a bit bare but gets one in the mood for technical routes around the world........ We are dreaming and getting back into the reality of going rock climbing, traveling and enjoying the adventures of expeditions to 8000 meter peaks. The lower two photos are taken in the Cairngorms. The upper one is an older photo from days on Nanga Parabt in Pakistan.The red line shows the Kingshoffer route, which Sandy is guiding in June and July. It's an amazing life ! Some of you may have heard the "Out of Doors" programme on BBC radio Scotland yesterday, you can still catch it on their I player web site. ( BBC Radio Scotland) where Sandy guided Mark and Helen up "the Runnel" and had an ace day! Also on the same programme, Greg Strange talks about the history of winter climbing in the Cairngorms and Cubby (Cuthbertson) and Dave (Macleod) chat casually about great routes and where Scottish climbing may well be heading... we are all so lucky!

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