Sunday, 19 June 2016

Arete Des Cosmiques today- it's Scotland in Chamonix, Mont Blanc!

With Alex Messanger (BMC) and Carlos Perez

Carlos and Alex ( Red Arcteryx jacket) topping out

Met Becca and David along the way- it was a busy climb today as we were with the Arcteryx Academy

Waiting for the Aig du Midi cable car,,,, it's nice to get the chance to climb with such cool dudes!

Nice Chamonix day and night.

Social Day, while guiding Birgit - we met many fellow climbers!

Had a night running an overnight bivi course... 

Jerome  Sullivan tasting the exquisite freeze dried meals supplied by Lyo- Poland.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Talon NDT - Industrial Rope Access Training and IRATA Assessment

 I was  IRATA assessing at Aberdeen yesterday - here is Krzysztof horizontal aid climbing!

Steven showing different technique!

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Beinn Eighe, Torroidon

Went back up to Beine Eighe today, some thunder and threats of showers but only a few rain drops fell....

Andy on the first (Sandstone) pitch of Ready mix- its actually a nice VS on good rock.. which gave us a nice surprise! It also made us think that the Nisbet/Spinks VS  which we climbed about a week ago is actually HVS

Higher on the quarts band (This i think is the middle tier pitch of the Nisbet/Spinks VS) .

On the summit

and some prettier flowers up there too!

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Sheffield Outdoor

Camilla sent me some photos of my lecture in Sheffield last Saturday. Thanks to her and  others at Vertebrate Publishing and Dan Marshall at Sheffield Library for their great organisational skills

 Me and the book!!!
Thanks for buying my book!

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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Binnein Shuas - Climbing Ardverikie Wall

Russell on the second pitch of the classic HS (with four stars) Ardverikie Wall which is said to be one of the best classic  routes in Scotland at this grade wich is HS. It was first climbed in June 1967 by G N Hunter and D F Lang.

 It was  a bit cloudy today so back drop views  were not fantastic, Thunder and heavy rain started by mid afternoon but by that time we were finished and  on our way back to the road head.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Stac Pollaidh - rock climbing

Butterwort plant (Pinguicula) This carnivorous plant (insectvorous)  use sticky glandular leaves to trap,lure and digest  insects.

Russell Braddock on the first pitch of Summer Isles Arete direct.

Russell on Vlad the Impailer.

November Grooves

Andy Nisbet and Russell.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Creag Dubh - one of Scotland largest road side crags!

Russell Braddock leading first pitch of Inbred,

with Andy Nisbet

Russell on King Bee

and on the Brute

 Come climb with us in the Alps,

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Beinn Eighe - Coire Mhic Fhearchair

Triple Buttresses - we climbed Central Buttress - VS .The first ascent was made in 1976 by A. Nisbet and N. Spinks.

Steve Perry

Looking down the approach pitches

Andy Nisbet- colorful day- we were setting up to take photos of Steve,,, hence Andy's unusual rope work!

Steve on the upper pitches.