Big and blue in the Coe

Amazing weather in Glencoe this week. The weather on the West Coast can be variable and it is fair to say pretty unpredictable; perhaps why it feels so special when it all comes together. Spent several days with some lovely folk in this amazing part of the world sharing my passion. What a privilege.

My three wonderful clients – and our equally wonderful accommodation in the background 🙂
On top of Stob Coire nan Lochan (Ben Nevis relaxing in the sun on the left!)

…… the next chapter ….

Well that’s the end of one chapter and the start of another! Just finished my Open University degree. It has been a long journey which I thought I would never finish! Work, family and other demands caused me to insert a lengthy intermission. I would have given up completely in the last year, but she wouldn’t let me ………. Now I can focus even more attention on my relationship with the outdoors through climbing and mountaineering, providing technical advice to outdoor establishments, first aid training and a little paddling with the new toy! To cap it all, just met up, for the first time in exactly 30 years with my Junior Soldier troop – seventeen years old, skinny and fresh faced when I last saw them. Now look at them, I felt like a proud dad!

An early summer?

The Highlands have had a stunning start to the summer with a good week of lovely spring weather. The rock was warm and dry and the breeze minimal. Is this the start of another good summer, or a worrying indication of the effect our use of fossil fuels is having on our home?

Has it sprung?

Great afternoon climbing at Dunkeld, in the dry and sunshine …….. am I dreaming? Came across a healthy looking frog about its business en route to the crag. It looks and feels like spring; but is it? Cheers Matt, fortune favours the opportunist!

Winter skills and a top!

Good winter skills day out with Mark and Nicola on Beinn Ghlas. Managed to catch a whole variety of conditions under foot and in the weather. It all started still and stunning, then a traditional rapid change!

First Aid Training

That’s another couple of first aid courses delivered; Outdoor First Aid (2 day / 16 hour ) and an Emergency First Aid at Work course (1 day / 7 hour). Plenty of fabulous and engaging folks on the courses who really valued the way we at the First Aid Training Cooperative deliver our courses in a systematic and interactive way. First aid is something that is done, not watched. Hopefully not done too much mind!

the ground was exceedingly cold!

Happy New Year ……. and by the way where’s winter?

Had a fine day climbing in the Cairngorms, Corrie Sneachda. Winter climbing, but it was pretty marginal. Some mixed routes need a build up of snow and / or ice, others don’t, in fact they benefit from being bare so the hook holds can be found. That to me is not very sporting! Nevertheless today was a nice day in the hills with good company, sunshine and a Brocken Spectre. The Mountain Cafe in Aviemore was full mind 😦