Sgrr na Sgine

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, September 13 2010.

On Saturday last weekend I climbed Sgrr na Sgine in Glen Shiel with Katy. Our original plan had been to climb to the summit of The Saddle via the Forcan Ridge, but as the weather was pretty bad, we decided to do the slightly easier summit of Sgrr na Sgine which lies just to the… Read more »

Summer ice in rock fissures and caves

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Science, September 10 2010.

I’ve written a lot in my blog postings about snowfields that persist in mountainous regions at high altitudes into the summer months (and beyond), but there is a related phenomenon that I have only recently become aware of, and that is of winter ice persisting into the summer months in rock fissures (or fractures) and… Read more »

Summer snowfields in the Cairngorms (4)

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Science, August 27 2010.

During my recent 2-day trip to Ben Macdui I took the opportunity to have a look and see what snowpatches are still surviving in the vicinity of the summit of Ben Macdui. This follows on from my trip to the Cairn Gorm – Ben Macdui plateau in early July (see the blog posting ‘Summer snowfields… Read more »

Sgr Mr and Ben Macdui

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, August 20 2010.

A few weeks ago I travelled to Linn of Dee near Braemar and cycled along Glen Lui towards Ben Macdui with the intention of walking up to the summit via Glen Luibeg from the south. The weather was very wet and low clouds meant there wasn’t very much in the way of views, so I… Read more »

Sgurr nan Ceannaichean

Posted by & filed under Military/Aircraft, Mountains & hills, July 22 2010.

On Monday I travelled to Glen Carron and climbed up to the summit of Sgurr nan Ceannaichean. I did not walk up the usual way recommended in guide books but instead walked up via Coire an t-Seilich and the north-western slopes of the mountain. This was over difficult terrain and the overgrown vegetation, boggy ground,… Read more »

Helvellyn and Striding Edge

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, July 12 2010.

On Thursday last week I travelled to the Lake District to walk up to the 950m summit of Helvellyn. This was my second walking trip to the Lake District (the first being to Skiddaw in March, see the blog posting ‘Skiddaw‘) I walked up along Mires Beck river from Glenridding and onto the broad ridge… Read more »

Summer snowfields in the Cairngorms (3)

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Science, July 9 2010.

For the past few years I’ve made summer trips to the Cairn Gorm – Ben Macdui plateau in the summer months to check on the snowpatches that remain at high altitudes on the plateau (see the previous blog postings ‘Summer snowfields in the Cairngorms (2)‘, from August 2009 and ‘Summer snowfields in the Cairngorms‘ from… Read more »

Sgrr Chinnich Mr

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, June 25 2010.

Last Saturday I walked up to the summit of Sgrr Chinnich Mr in the Grey Corries with Norma. This was our first munro-bagging trip for two years, since our long cycling and hiking trip to An Sgarsoch and Carn Ealar in June 2008. In April 2007 I walked on the same route up to the… Read more »