Saturday, 28 May 2016

Rock Climbing - Binnein Shuas, Scotland

Sarah on the main crux of 'The Fortress direct'. This crag is a superb mountain setting overlooking the beautiful Lochan na Erba and the rock type is micro schist. Another fine local mountain crag close to Newtonmore, my home town!

Me on Kubla Khan

Sarah enjoying the relaxed climbing ( all photos by Andy Nisbet)

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Climbing in Slovakia with Kacper TEKIELI -Batizovský štít - (2448 m) Čihulov pilier (V, A1,RP V+ )

This is the South face of Batizovsky, That's the Slovakia spelling, but really I came to Poland to give a Mazeno Ridge lecture but met my friend Kacsper so we ended up doing a nice drive from the Jura limestone crags near Krakow to  Slavakia and did this climb. It took eleven and a half hours from car to car, but t we did the climb in three and a half hours well with inside the suggested guide book time. The approach walk is about three hours of steep walking and like all Alpine areas this early season the snow is hanging around this year so the snow was deep as we walked to the foot of the buttress. We were very selective in our route choice and luckily the south facing pillar was mostly free of snow although there was some seepage but only one pitch was really wet! I was lucky that Kacper gave our climb such  lot of thought and his local knowledge really helpful!

Kacper hanging about at my request for this photo opportunity!

Good lead Kacper

This pitch was wet.

An abseil from the main summit brought us to a ridge traverse and  then  five and half 60 m abseils back down to the start if our climb.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Rock climbing in the Polish Jura

Kasper on a 6 plus

Kathy on Top Rope

Tamara climbing

A sunny lazy Sunday afternoon family climbing and picnic in the Jura, Poland.

Interersting but very polished limestone rock climbing.Jura Rock climbing. Poland

Poland : Open Days of Climbing

Enjoyed the professional but very relaxedb atmosphre  while giving my Mazeno Ridge lecture  : in Poalnd yesterday afternoon

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Valle d'Aoste, Il Paretine di Machaby, rock climbing.

 A fantastic day today climbing Diretta Al Banano, 280 meter, 5c.
Russ on the first pitch

Second pitch

Russ climbing  3 or fourth pitch

on the 5th or was it the 4th? A good time had by us both anyway!

Monday, 16 May 2016

Chamonix - Vallee Blanche

The line up waiting to board the Aig du Midi cable car this morning!

Great backdrop to Mountain Guide with his client as they returned to the top cable car station this afternoon via the arête du Midi!
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