Wednesday, 30 September 2009


The sun finally returned to Lochaber today. After an ominous start of low cloud and drizzle the sun finally burnt off the cloud, as forecast. I was on the Mamores and walked up Glen Nevis to the foot of the East ridge of Binnein Mor. This is a cracking wee rocky ridge and as some easy scrambling on schist, granite and blocks of quartzite. Even better in winter. The sun and clouds were wonderful all day long and a superb broken spectre on the ridge to add to the atmosphere. Stags were roaring away in the glen, I came upon a golden eagle right on the NW summit top of Na Gruagachan, wonderful! Many ptarmigan about too and not at all bothered that I was close up and photographing them. The colours on the hill are quite stunning just now. I continued the traverse across Am Bodach and Sgurr a Iubhair returning to the bike in the glen just before dusk, a reminder to make sure the batteries are new in the head torch!

Sunday, 27 September 2009


It was another drizzly, rainy, windy day in The Highlands. John was helping me today with a large group of 13 on Ben Lawers. All the folk were from HSBC Bank on a charity day raising funds for Scottish Children's Hospice : CHAS. There aim this year is to raise £10,000. We had a family with two children on the hill today, aged 10 and 6! Well done to them, their first of many Munros no doubt! Sorry no pics, still got Internet problems!

Saturday, 26 September 2009


We were lucky on The Ben today, forecast of light rain and strong winds didn't happen though there was cloud down to 700m at times. My group of 7 were lucky as on the plateau we had a ten minute 'hole' in the cloud and the sun burst through with blue skies and a view! A rare sight these days!

Friday, 25 September 2009


It's been unsettled here in the Highlands this week again. Monday and Wednesday I was out with groups on the CMD arete Ben Nevis in very wet and very windy conditions. The Ben is getting much quieter mid week now that Autumn is here.
Sorry for no pics as having trouble with technology so blog updates are thin on the ground but don't worry we are still very active and anyway you don't want to be seeing pictures of grey, wet, soggy folk out on the hills, or do you?

Wednesday, 23 September 2009


Another very wet day, forecast of showers ended up as 5 hours of rain with hail and 40mph winds along the arete. I took Anil along the CMD arete from Torlundy but unfortunately he didn't get the wonderful views. We did see some wildlife though, Fieldfare, Ptarmigan, Golden Plover and snow bunting all on Carn Dearg Mor within a 10 minute period, something you will never see on the Pony track route.

Monday, 21 September 2009


It was another day of cloud, rain and wind on the Ben again today. Andrew was keen to do the CMD arete on Ben Nevis today but the high winds and lack of views dampened his spirits so instead I took him down to the CIC hut and up Coire Lies to the Ben. A very quiet day with only a handful of folk on the summit.

Saturday, 19 September 2009


The good weather of last week fizzled out today as a weak front came to the west coast and brought some rain/drizzle, cloud and windy conditions. It didn't dampen the enthusiasm for my group of 6 on Ben Nevis as they celebrated their achievement with a bottle of bubbly on the summit, it wasn't the cheap Carva variety either!! very busy today with the triathlon and several charity events on the hill.

Thursday, 17 September 2009


Another beautiful sunny and warm day here in The Highlands with blue skies up until mid day. There was a veil of cloud that suddenly crept in over the hills by the afternoon just as I got to the summit of Carn a' Mhaim in the Mamores. So it was a cloudy traverse of the Devils Ridge before dropping back down into Glen Nevis. Ben Nevis will probably be a bit busy this Saturday as the annual triathlon hits the Ben & Glen.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009


It was a stonker of a day again here in The Highlands, after some early thin cloud it was blue skies and hot sun all day long. I was on the wonderful mountain of Streap, pronounced 'Strape' which translates into the brilliant name of 'Climbing'. This is a wee gem of a mountain, one of my favourites and one of the finest hills in the Western Highlands. The long, superb, rough ridge with plenty of false tops and ups & downs culminates in a beautiful narrow spire and the summit cairn with superb views all round, especially down to Loch Shiel. First day I heared the stags bellowing and the start of the rut season. Lots of deer keds about today too but no people, as Streap is only 909m, don't reckon the SMC will be altering this one to Munro status!

Monday, 14 September 2009


Another glorious sunny, very warm day here in The Highlands. After a temperature inversion early morning, the cloud soon burnt off and it was blue skies all day. The picture is taken from Cow Hill, a short stroll up from Glen Nevis with great views of the South side of Ben Nevis. Good weather set to continue the rest of the week and the clear, cool nights will eventually kill off the midges.

Sunday, 13 September 2009


Yvonne and I were on Aonach Beag today. We went up from Upper Glen Nevis and saw no one all day on the mountain. This is a beautiful way up onto the mountain from the Steall meadows and we did a nice circuit of the mountains south tops. The early sun was masked higher up with some thin cloud and a strong, cool Northerly wind. We were just heading down when the skies cleared again and very warm, typical! Forecast was Topsy turvey as it was supposed to be deteriorating as the day went on.

Saturday, 12 September 2009


Excellent day on Ben Nevis, the sun was aove the clouds today and it was very atmospheric. It was very warm but a bit chilly on the summit with a cool airflow giving excellent visability. The high pressure will be with us for a few days yet.

Friday, 11 September 2009


It was a beautiful day on the CMD arete & Ben Nevis. Jo and Ali were spoilt on their very first Scottish hill day with a day of bright, warm sun and spectacular cloud formations coming and going through out the day. We savoured the arete as Ben Nevis kept peeping out of the cloud luring us ever closer. The fine weather is set to continue through to next week. Get it now while it's here!!

Thursday, 10 September 2009


No it's not the title of the next Harry Potter movie! The sun actually shone and it was a very pleasant afternoon here in Lochaber today. After the rather wet and windy long spell of constant weather fronts, it was light winds up on Carn a' Mhaim and the Devil's ridge in The Mamores. A very nice short day today, descending down the corrie to a the lovely we lochan between Sgurr an Iubhair and Stob Ban. There is now a well worn path down to this point, no doubt increased by all the traffic that by-passes the defunct Munro of Sgurr an Iubhair! It's a lovely spot for a picnic beside the lochan. A huge high pressure is now sitting over the whole of Britain and the experts say it's going to sit for 7-10 days! Don't put away the sunscreen just yet.