Tuesday 14 July 2009

And in May

May was a busy month. As well as Iain working on a number of residentail multi-activity courses for young people, we also ran a number of private courses for people wishing to learn to rock climb out of doors .

The pictures show some of the people we worked with during this month - all clearly having fun and learning lots. If you fancy having a go at climbing view our climbing page at http://kendalmountaineeringservices.co.uk/pages/climbing.php and our climbing gallery at http://kendalmountaineeringservices.co.uk/index/galleries/climbing.php

These are both pictures from some of the climbing sites we use in Langdale in The Lake District. However, it doesn't matter where you want to base yourself, there are climbing venues in every valley here and we will come to you. Again, if you want us to meet you for some climbing in North Wales or Scotland then we will happily do this for you.

Later in May, we returned to the Isle of Skye to run the annual Skye trip. This consists of a week of self catering accomodation and the option of being guided on a complete traverse of the Cuillin Ridge as well as doing other classic scrambles in the area.

This picture shows the view from the entrance to our cottage and is looking across Loch Bracadale to McLeod's Tables on the peninsular of Duirinish.

This year on Skye, the weather was a bit mixed with some wet weather but also lots of sunny spell allowing us plenty of opportunities to climb in the mountains.

Helping our clients increase their confidence in any situation they choose to be in, is what we are all about here at Kendal Mountaineering Services.

On this particular day Sandy & I chose to have a go at the North West ridge of Bruach Na Frithe - a nice steady grade 2. The views were fantastic and the weather at first, good, but then later it chose to rain with disastrous consequences for one member of a party climbing an adjacent peak. On that note, when tackling mountains such as the Cuillins for the first time, its well worth hiring the services of a mountaineering instructor such as myself.

My final day in the Cuillins this year was taking two clients to have a go at a route called The Dubh Slabs - fantastic! 1000 metres of scrambling and moderate rock climbing in one of the remotest settings in the Cuillins and taking you up into the heart of the mountains.

This route I did with Chris & Adam who have been very good clients and have become, as people often do - friends. This was a very long day starting at Elgol at 9am and getting an exhilarating ride on a large and very fast RIB in to the Coruisk Memorial Hut. Having traversed the route, we didn't get back to Chris's car at Glen Brittle til 7pm. A long one, but what a day!

We'll be going back again next year and if you want to join our adventure have a look at the webpage at http://www.kendalmountaineeringservices.co.uk/pages/cuillinridge.php and from that page you can view further pictures on the skye gallery.

We hope to see you there.

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