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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 😦

Autumn continues …..

So, when I was a lad, Christmas in Scotland involved either white and cold or white and wet experiences in the mountains. Sometimes even white, cold and wet! So there we were today in Glen Coe heading up the zig zags on Gearr Aonach in rather autumnal conditions. The weather was mild, some blue sky and a gentle breeze, so actually rather nice. Add great company to that and we have a good day out. But we are all looking forward to the return of the winter 🙂

My fish are confused!

Having experienced a few frosts and a little snow – which I enjoyed in the hills by the way, my fish back home are now slightly confused with the pond temperature gradually rising as we enjoy (?) 10 degrees Celsius. There is a lot of activity and they are still feeding rather confidently. I was rather expecting them to be hiding in the dark depths at this stage. Fingers crossed winter arrives – again! See you there 🙂