Blog Posts in Category: Scrambling

Seana Bhraigh

Due to the morning being better again we head another early start for the very remote Seana Bhraigh. We made good use of our bikes on the approach which was down good estate tracks. Our route was up the imposing ridge on the east side of Luchd Choire up An Sgurr and then along to Creag an Duine. To avoid cross the river twice we decided to make the most of the dry conditions and cross the heathery ground which would normally be horribly boggy. This seemed to work for us, but usually would probably be horrible! The ridge looked very imposing from the bottom, but after a very steep approach up a grassy slope it was generally very straightforward. There was a very exposed scramble to get up to the peak of the ridge, followed by an easy but exposed downclimb, before a short wall which was even more exposed than the previous sections. Unfortunately, as we got to the top the cloud had started to come in, but as we descended on the route around to the Munro we dropped out of the cloud and were greeted with. Read the full article…

Suilven

Due to a very mixed weather forecast as we left Edinburgh we did not really have an idea about what we were going to do the next day, other than something in the north west of Scotland. On the drive up, we decided to head all the way up to Lochinver with the aim of climbing Suilven the next day. As the weather was best in the morning we had to set a very early alarm, which was not appreciated after the late drive. In the morning the weather looked beautiful, and there was even some unexpected sun. Unfortunately, as I was looking outside the van window in the morning I could also see a swarm of midges, which took delight in eating me as I sorted the bikes out. We attempted to save some time by cycling along the track, but we ended up dumping them fairly early as the track was hard going and we didn’t think they were helping much. Unfortunately the track soon improved and we were regretting our decision! The climb up to Suilven is very steep, but thanks to the new path was over. Read the full article…

May Bank Holiday in the Lake District

We headed up the the Lake District for the first May bank holiday this year. After a terrible journey up with what seemed like most of the rest of the country who were also relocating for the weekend, we eventually arrived at the campsite in Langdale. While the weather forecast was lovely for the weekend, it was forecast to be very cold. As we wanted to climb we elected to stay low and headed to Raven Crag in Langdale. As a three we climbed The Original Route which was a lovely climb, and it was great to be back outside on rock and enjoying it! On the second day we went for a big circular walk from the campsite. We headed up to Silver Howe and then up the ridge above Langdale towards Pavey Ark. After some initial, and very unexpected, rain the weather soon improved and we were left with beautiful views. From Pavey Ark we scrambled up the brilliant Jack’s Rake before heading to all of the Langdale pikes as well as a bonus wainwright. After the long descent back down to the Langdale valley, we enjoyed a. Read the full article…

Weekend in North Wales

I spent last weekend catching up with friends from University in North Wales. Thankfully we were treated to some excellent weather on Saturday. As were were a large group we decided to stick to grade 1 scrambling ground so that we could stay together as a group. We elected to avoid the classics which we have all done before, and we headed around to the back side of the Carneddau to climb the Llech Ddu spur which is a *** grade 1 scramble. The walk up towards the black ladders was lovely and very warm in the morning sun, and were soon at the start of the steep climb up to the start of the scrambling, and into the cold wind. The scramble was brilliant, there were outstanding views out towards Anglesey and there was just the right balance of interest to keep everyone engaged without terrifying anyone. After the scramble we walked over to Carnedd Llewelyn, before descending back down to the hut we were staying in. After an enjoyable evening with chilli and games we awoke to a less favourable forecast on the Sunday. So we enjoyed a mostly dry. Read the full article…