Friday, 23 October 2015

Colby's Camp

When we headed to Ardgour the other day, none of us had really heard about the camp.

Just off the summit of Creach Bheinn there remains the obvious evidence of a camp, so a quick tinterweb check was certainly required.   We discovered that it was constructed by soldiers of the Ordnance Survey early in the 19th century as part of the first triangulation of Scotland.

Who said Corbetts were boring ...

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Autumnal days

As much as I love the big mountains I always look forward to returning to my native hills.

Hill #1:

Hill #2:

If you never knew better you would think that they were the same hill.  Unfortunately not and with c.600m drop between the 2, I was grateful for the spectacular views to make up for the sweaty ascents.

I look forward to the ankle wrecking grass tussocks, the knee wrenching peat hags, the up-to-your-armpits-bracken, getting spooked by the mountain hares and hoping that the rutting stags won't look at me as a threat.

Wouldn't swop it for the world.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Climbing in Catalonya

It was never intended to be a climbing holiday but it would have been rude to head to perhaps one of Europe's finest sport climbing area's without lobbing in the rock shoes.

I am ashamed to say that I've been visiting Spain for over 20 years cragging and have never climbed in Catalonya before.  I was blown away by the rock, the scenery and the pure beauty of the area.

It wasn't really a climbing holiday but more of a recharge from India and in preparation for the busy season.  Would I go back?  Oh yeh baby ...

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Adventure Peaks Sudarshan Parbet Expedition

Another random God:

The magnificent Shivling:

Camp 2:

Glacier travel:

Looking down on the girls:

Our amazing Sherpa's Phurbu and Lakpa working hard:

Ropes and water, sometimes there is a time and a place: