Archive for August, 2013

Broken Windows- new routing 28 Aug


Great day exploring Window Buttress with Simon yesterday. Cool but dry and midge free we started with 4 pitches on the original route. Simon was keen for more so the beautiful soaring corner of Widow’s Eye on the middle tier was next; it really is a quality pitch, thoroughly deserving its 2 stars.

Above again I’d never climbed “Upper Window Buttress” and the description was ambiguous. We took the most obvious line of weakness in 3 pitches. Can’t recommend anyone follows us as “Broken Windows” (VS 4b) had a bit too much on the worrying rock front. Caution got us up safely and with plenty of adrenalin dished out.


P2 New Windows

International week.



Looking out to Loch Harport past Sgurr Thuilm from Mhadaidh.

Looking out to Loch Harport past Sgurr Thuilm from Mhadaidh.

Great fun this week with guests from Northern Ireland, Canada, France, Germany and England all having great climbing adventures. Camera issues mean a lack of shots of the rock climbing at Elgol and Neist but a few to whet the appetite below.Alex approaches the crux of Cioch West

German fireman Alex coping well on his first ever climb Cioch West

Cioch West markedThe line of Cioch West showing beautifully as the mists clear.Abseil from 3rd top of MhadaidhTom making the final abseil after traversing Sgurr a Mhadaidh

Misty old week; Cioch, Flamingos & Sunsets


It’s been a funny old week but plenty of action still going on. Guy squeezed in a Traverse with Pete & Andy, Andy guided Chris & Anna across some classic Cuillin scrambles including Pinnacle ridge and the In Pinn.

My week was very varied and admittedly a bit of a blur but celebrating with Schnapps on Sgurr an Fheadian, descending Pinnacle Ridge in the pouring rain and lovely dry rock across the knife-edge top of Ghreadaidh twice in 3 days are highlights.

Enjoy the selection of pics below-