Thanks for looking in guys..hey you did well doing the Aonach Eagach ridge Dave..its the hardest of our ridge scrambles.. apart from the Cuillin ridge. Very enjoyable if you have a good head for heights
Now that I am in the promised land and retired.. I like to think my life is one long adventure. Even in winter I still head for the wilderness when the weather allows..only its not for SIBbing..its for Clambering. I enjoy the hurdles of Scotlandís Mountains. They are there so why waste them by ignoring them ? Hopefully you guys can be patient and tag along for this update..I will get to the SIBbing shortly. Its all part of this adventure.
There is a lot of snow left on the eastern slopes of Scotlands hills..and its still very cold at night..so my boating adventures are kept short..while I clamber the hills to keep warm. I had the mountain of Creise in my diary for a while..so arrived at the Glencoe Ski resort at lunch time on Thursday ..and got my boots out.
To get to Creise..I had to first clamber up Meall a Bhuirdh..another 3000ft high mountain. Its the one the Glencoe Ski centre is on. I didnít take the chairlift..as Im a purist and walk to the tops of my hills.
There is still lots of snow and skiers around..even is mid April..so its been a good year for them.
I kept well off the ski slopes by rounding the mountain to the north where its too steep to ski. Finally I got to the top and enjoyed a view looking over Glencoe towards Ben Nevis..the UKís highest mountain at over 4000 feet
I didnít enjoy the view to the west quite so much. I saw I had to descent 700ft then clamber up an intimidating steep snow clad ridge to get over to Creise.
The snow was solid so time for crampons. In true Gurnard fashion .. when life gets tough..I donít look at the big picture..I just focus on the first few feet in front..and in no time at all I was on the top of Creise.
And surrounded by a sea of mountains ...
Who needs to go to the Alps..when all this is at my feet.. an hour or so drive from my house.
I got back to my car around 8pm..just in time to make some supper..then fall asleep in the car. I was sound within minutes..dreaming of SIBbing on Loch Leven in the morning. I was happy as I had crossed my two hurdles.
To be continued with the SIB next...