Back to reality

I’ve been back home from Scotland for just over a month now and already it feels like a lifetime ago. With the days getting longer and temperatures nudging their way upwards you’d be forgiven for thinking that summers just around the corner.

Climbing in the Cairngorms

For the last week of my Scottish winter trip I managed to get around quite a bit, climbing and walking in the Cairngorms, Glen Sheil, Glencoe and the Aonachs, however the highlight  of the trip was finally getting to do the An Teallach traverse. This is something that I’ve wanted to do for years and was lucky enough to find it in mint condition!

The An Teallach horseshoe

Looking back towards the pinnacles of An Teallach, the main difficulties of the route

As well getting out and about on my own I also managed to squeeze in a final bit of winter work, with two days of winter skills in Glencoe working with Jason, Brian, Jack and Clint. The guys had already racked up a reasonable amount of winter experience between them and were looking to consolidate and expand upon their existing knowledge.

Negotiating a small cornice on buachaille etive beag

Winter appeared to be leaving Scotland just as I was, with a prolonged period of thaw striping a huge amount of snow cover, and as I drove down the A9 I was happy that I was heading in the right direction!

In the four or five weeks that I’ve been back home things have been pretty busy, with a good variety of work, including ML training and assessments, climbing wall award training and assessments, and a good amount of rope access work in between, somebody has to keep those windows clean!
Thankfully amidst all the work the longer evenings have been allowing me to get out and do my own thing, with plenty of nights spent paddling and climbing.
As much as I love winter, im more than happy to say goodbye until next year!

Getting back to grips with fairhead on the epic Blockbuster! (thanks for the photo Kev!)

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