Saturday, 1 March 2014
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Saturday, 22 February 2014
Chris topping out on the Seam IV 5. Team in the background on Invernookie III 4
'Sam' at the base of Fiacaill Couloir having fallen 80m from just below the obvious col. Self rescued with help from the other team in shot and walked out with a broken wrist.
Photo from Adam (Hughes Mountaineering) of myself just past the crux on the Seam IV 5
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Checking out the abseil options
Huge cornices over Recovery Gully
Abseiling in to the left of Anvil Gully
Chris on the top groove of Anvil Gully IV 4
Carrie topping out on Anvil Gully IV 4
Chris descending Recovery Gully to check out some other work options
Sunday, 16 February 2014
Saturday, 15 February 2014
Carrie enjoying Zig Zag Direct III
This week I'm working with Chris who's making his final preparations for his MIC reassessment. The forecast was terrible with a challenging avalanche forecast so we kicked off on Zig Zag Direct (III) on Grear Aonach before descending via the Zig Zags (II). In the event conditions were fairly benign and even pleasant at times and we had a great climb despite the soggy snow.
The view east through Glencoe as far as Schallion
Topping out on Grear Aonach
Looking west to Loch Leven
Friday, 14 February 2014
Testing Terra Nova's new Polar Storm tent
The week focused on the technical as well as the physical and mental skills required to operate safely in these enviroments.
We were joined by photographer John Pickles who took these stunning black and white images. More of his work can be seen on his website at www.johnpicklesphotography.com.
Summit of Cairngorm
Big loads and long days on the Cairngorm plateau
A spot of snow holing to work on the personal admin
Testing the expeditions Jottnar kit
Sunday, 9 February 2014
Today the Comic Relief Challenge for 2014 rolled in to the Lake District. We were running mountain safety for Davina McCall and a BBC film crew on her Beyond Breaking Point challenge with a planned mountain walk from Seathwaite to Langdale via the summit of Scafell Pike. Fresh from a 130 mile cycle from Edinburgh, which had taken her 15 plus hours in horrendous conditions, Davina cycled into Seathwaite Farm and the delights of the camping barn in which to prepare for the hill. We'd made the decision to shorten the route due to full winter conditions on the hill. Seven hours later we arrived in Langdale with a very bedraggled looking film crew but Davina was in a far better state than when we first met her!