Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Baslow Edge

The weather is slightly cooler, this evening is good for climbing.
We're trying a few routes quite close to the Curbar Gap

The first two routes we tried are approximately 100m along from the
point where a fence abutts to the crag.

Flake crack was a pleasant route to start on and a crack ripe for either
jamming or laybacking

Left hand flake crack , found this route quite tricky and a little steep
it didn't feel like a V.Dif.

Route1.5 is on a slab further along the crag adjacent to a little quarried
area, the crack has easy moves and good slab climbing. Near the top at
the blank flakes it gets a little tricky and required a more confident approach.

The midges started biting so we soloed a few routes.
This slab has plenty of routes for soloing.

Had a decent pint of Abbot Ale in the Bridge Inn at Calver with the Castle
Mountaineering Club
. Had a good chat with the club members with stories
of treking on the GR5 trail across europe and a group of club members walking the
John Muir Trail .

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Rough Bounds of Knoydart

The Knoydart area of the west highlands is an area that provides an opportunityto visit a remote an inspiring wilderness. However explorations in this area require a significant amount of effort. Possible approaches are a walk in from Kinlochourn and camping or a bothy night at Barrisdale bay. An alternative is to use a foot passenger ferry from Mallaig to Inverie.

For this visit we are exploring the so called rough bounds of Knoydart this name is well deserved. For this visit we stayed at the Invergarry lodge independent hostel. This is well positioned for visits to the ough Bounds of Knoydart approaching from Loch Arkaig, Loch Quoich and visiting Glen Dessary and Kingie.

Thursday Sgurr Mor
After a long drive along the shore road by Loch Arkaig, we approached Sgurr Mor from Glen dessary and walked into glen Kingie before commencing our climb up Sgurr Mor.

View of Sgurr an Fhuarain from Sgurr Mor

Friday Gairich
The weather forecast for this day was prolonged showers and lived up to its promise, consequently the way ahead was very wet under foot. For our visit this was the easiest day and we tramped on determined to make this a reasonable day. There were couple of locations on the upper part of the route that offered some entertaining scrambling.

A view of the dam at Loch Quoich the start of the walk up Gairich.

Saturday Gulvain
For this walk we walked in from a Glen Finlay not far from Glen Finnan.
A view of main summit of Gulvain from its south top.

For the remainder of the visit we stayed at the Wild Goose Youth Hostel at Banavie not far from Fort William.
A rainbow over Neptunes staircase at Banavie near the Wild Goose hostel.

Sunday, the Rough Bounds of Knoydart
This was the longest of our exploits starting from the end of Loch Arkaig we walked along Glen Dessary to this wild region of the highlands. The weather looked uncertain and this added to the excitement of the day. The first peak was Sgurr Nan Coireachan and from here there was an occasional clearing of cloud that enabled us to view the remainder of the traverse, the view of Sgurr na Ciche in the distance was impressive.

View of Garbh Cioch Mhor and Sgurr Na Ciche from the summit of Sgurr nan Coireachan.

Garbh Cioch Mhor and Sgurr Na Ciche
We were very fortunate to get a view from the summit of Sgurr Na Ciche, the cloud cleared from the summit of this peak for a couple of hours.A view into loch Nevis and river Carnach from the summit of Sgurr na Ciche

The desent from Sgurr Na Ciche the Feadan na ciche
The waterfall in the desent gully
Monday Sgurr Nan Coireachan
Our final day started bright and sunny from the Glen Finnan monument this was a fitting end to our walk. After our walk in the wilds of the rough bounds this made a comparably easy day with a well defined path over the complete circuit.

Golden ringed dragonfly found at the start of the ascent of Sgurr Nan Coireachan

View from Sgurr Nan Coireachan to Sgurr Thuilm

The monument to the raising of the standard for the Jacobite rebellion of 1745 at Glenfinnan.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Peak District Paddling Pools.

After a week of rain we appreciated even more the glorious sunshine on our visit to Youlgrave.
This is a village located to the south of Bakewell, its near the top of a hill and is on the south facing side which makes a good place to visit on a sunny day. There is a good car park at the top of the village it's even better because there is playground a must for young children.

Youlgrave is above Bradford dale and is an excellent village for a stop on a White Peak walk.
A short walk from the village in Bradford dale is a swimming area this was an immediate attraction for our daughter who had to skinny dip in the pool. It was quite cold today but allegedly it gets warmer this did not deter our youngster.

We walked back upto the village hall for a cup of tea and ice cream. They are currently fund raising as part of their Youlgrave-Bangbutt link. This village link has existed for over fifteen years. They are currently fund raising to build a new school in this village in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Useful Links
Information about Youlgrave
Photographs of Youlgrave
Youlgrave-Bangbutt Village Link