16th December 2012.
Last post was a bit pic heavy.This one isn`t 🙂 I usually only blog days when I get the opportunity to get a few half decent pics but just to show you that I do go out sometimes when common sense dictates otherwise here`s some pics from a few days ago.
Graeme called to say that himself and Gordon the Quiz were going out for a walk somewhere in the Loch Tay area.I hadn`t seen Gordon for a few years so John B. and I went along for a catch up with him. On the drive up through the Trossachs the weather kept threatening to improve with the odd glimpse of blue sky making an appearance above.In the event it never got any better but it didn`t really matter as we enjoyed chatting all the way up and the weather wasn`t really noticed.
John disappeared at the start heading off to Creagan na Beinne leaving the three of us to wander up the landrover track onto the plateau.The “highlight” of the day was this huge landslip on the eastern edge of the summit ridge..
From there it wasn`t too far until the summit loomed large over us 🙂
Headed down the southern ridge to escape the wind and rain and onto the land rover track leading back north to the car.
Dunan bothy from the track.
It had been a dawdling along hands in pockets sort of day and on reaching the car we found John had been waiting for almost an hour.As a way of penance we offered to take him to the Falls of Dochart Inn for a pint and a seat in front of the fire 🙂 The Falls themselves were in fine fettle due to all the snowmelt of the past few days ..
It was a pleasure to meet up with Gordon again as we had spent many days together rock climbing in the past.Some of my hardest climbs were done in his company because he never objected when I wangled it so that he got to lead the hard pitches 🙂 Off the top of my head we done Centurion on Ben Nevis,King Rat on Creag an Dubh Loch,the Souter sea stack,Wreckers Slab,the old Tom Patey route in north Devon,Swastika on the Etive slabs….memories 🙂 Might as well bung a few antiquated sunny prints up to compensate for the preceding gloom.
Gordon on the second quartz band of Swastika on the Etive Slabs.
Gordon leading the overhangs on pitch six of Centurion on Ben Nevis.
The 440 foot sea cliff in Devon which Wreckers Slab goes up.
Trying to make the first ascent of an old railway pillar near my house.It was eventually bolted about 20 years after this.
Being old skool we only used natural runners in the cracks although I do recall having “a rest” or two on the rope 🙂
Gordon on Big Top in Glencoe.
Well,that was a nice wee wander down memory lane 🙂 Back to Knoydart for the next entry….