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.
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!
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?
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!
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!
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!
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 😦