Monday, 28 July 2014

Oberstdorf: Fellhorn

   Oberstdorf was Andrel Heckmair's town of birth. He has many good climbing ascents  including the Eiger North Wall and  he was involved in planning some great paths here. 'Its not the technical difficulty but the experience that is important'

Inquisitive sheep!

My twin brother Greg kindly paid the bill for a nice drink stop on or way down from the Fellhorn.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Creag Dubh of Newtonmore

Abseiling back down from Fiorella

Andy Nisbet

Youthanasia- a play on the words  First ascent today E1,5b

Caught in the rain after our surprise new climb. Andy and me!

IRATA training

On the aid climb traverse yesterday 18 July 2014

Talon Aberdeen

Thursday, 17 July 2014

There is time still to come on our Island Peak and Ama Dablam expedition 2014

At Ama Dablam camp 1: 2013 season

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Mer de Glace

Ester on the ladders!

An overcast and wet day but a good time was had by all!

Happy Dad with daughter Ester.

Chamonix , World cup competition climbing series

The women climbers competition was so impressive last night!  Amazing skills, grace, elegance and strength!

Friday, 11 July 2014

IRATA technicians

IRATA technicians  showing off their skills at Talon NDT , Edinburgh today

Descent Rescue,,uk

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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Lucky ascent today in decreasing odds!

Phil on the Aig du Tour

Poor weather in Chamonix , but got the Aig du Tour today.

The renovated Albert 1er refuge is quite cool!

Monday, 7 July 2014

Chamonix, Petit Aig Verte

Aig. Verte, P. sans Nom, , Les Drus

Phil climbing.

Pleased with the climb, Mountain Equipment gear and Gore tex!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Chamonix days!

Nice day out with Phil Cox.

Phil Cox

And got back to the valley before the storm!

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Color Run, Manchester

Grace and Cara, well done both!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Creag Dubh, Newtonmore.

Creag Dubh  is one of Scotland's largest road side crags with over 100 routes at up to 100m in length.
it gives fantastic climbing on  mica schist with horizontal strata with flat holds on steep exposed rock with  spaced protection.
The views are superb.

Andy Nisbet on Phellatio (yes, we are not allowed to give rock climbs names like that that anymore!) Although A Ewing and  I McEacheran were permitted to on their first ascent in May 1965. Graded HVS 5a

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Peak Performance, Flacons de Sel,

Peak Performance photo shoot!

Lydie looking cool, perhaps I should encourage Mountain Equipment to use more white. We would be invisible in a Cairngorm while out!

Lydie Lanza of Peak Performance, also climbing was  Emmanuel Renaut, the 3rd ever Michelin chef. He climbs incredibly well too! Visit his restaurant Flacons de Sel, Megeve.

Arete des Cosmiques

Ray having just climbed the Arete des Cosmiques

Jiles ditto!

David Green another  BMG Mountain Guide

Also met Yashiro Hanatani, who ( with his climbing partners Tatsuya Acki and Hiryoshi Manome) was awarded a Piolet D'or for their first ascent of the south pillar of Kyshar  in 2012. It was ace to see him again!