Not sure why i haven’t updated this sooner! It’s not like i haven’t had the time lately!
Well this post is from my trip in February to do some Winter Mountaineering around Ben Nevis. I based myself in Fort William, which is a great place to stay due to the location, but mainly the Wood-fire Pizzas and craft beer bar!
I managed to cram in 4 routes in 4 days, plus a summit of Ben Nevis to the trig point. A lot of the winter climbing routes take like 6-8 hours depending on conditions, so knocking out more than one route in a day is sometimes hard. Unless you’re up early and back late!
We ticked off the routes
Castle Ridge – Grade III** – Ben Nevis
Curved Ridge – Grade II*** – Buachaille Etive Mor
Ledge Route – Grade II*** – Ben Nevis
Spider Rib – Grade II – Aonach Mor
From Ledge Route we continued on and walked to the summit of Ben Nevis. It was pretty much a white out, with very low visibility! which as always makes it more epic 😉
Been a slack year on the blogging front! Lets start with what didn’t happen.
So i had to drop out of a few races due to injury, which is annoying, but shit happens. I thought it was better to think about the positives of this and not get too annoyed at not being able to run or train. I couldn’t train at all for about a month, from there i had to build up from around 5km onwards!
I completed the Hardmoors 55, which i was super happy at. But i missed the Lakeland Trails 50km and the main race i wanted to do which was the Dales Way Ultra. 86miles from Windermere to Otley.
But the time off enabled me to climb more and have more outdoor adventures in the Lake District, Snowdonia and the Scottish Highlands. I managed to complete about 60 more Wainwrights, a few mountains in Wales and few Munros in Scotland. So a lot more hiking!
I haven’t really started back with the running, i’ve been doing between 10-20miles a week. Which i know is quite a bit, but not enough for what i want to do
Next Years Races are already booked.
May the 4th Weekend (2 trail marathons over 2 days)
Scafell Sky Race (42km)
Lakeland 5 Passes (32miles)
Pinnacle Ridge Extreme (28km)
Lakes in a Day (80km)
Montane Cheviot Goat (88km)
Year of climbing!
So, with being no running i started climbing again. So my year in climbing has been very successful i would say! I managed to get quite a bit of indoor lead climbing and boulder in when the weathers been bad, but i managed to get a fair few days out on the crag’s.
All together its about 55 climbs and a couple of scrambles in 2019. Not bad to say the first time i hit the outdoors was 15th June. I have a couple of winter climbing/mountaineering trips booked in for Feb & March next year.
My targets for next year is to lead a trad E1, i have a few on my wish list, so fingers crossed. And i’m wanting to get an indoor 7a lead. I’m not concentrating too much on the indoor stuff though!
This weekend i traveled to the Lake District and stopped over for a few nights. I stopped over in Windermere, but didn’t really get into Windermere this time as the main reason for going up was to go up Helvellyn via Swirral Edge. This was the first chance for a while i could get the crampons on and ice axe out.
I don’t think i could have wished for a more perfect day, the snow was amazing, the sky was clear with blue skies and the sun shining. I hit one patch of cloud just as i reached the summit, but this soon passed. And to be honest it made it a little more cooler to reach the top and be engulfed by cloud!
The sun then came back out and i had a bit of food on the top, there was barely any wind. There was the odd gust, which dropped the temperatures down to around -13c, the temperature out of the wind was about -5c. But this didn’t feel bad at all, bit bad on the hands when eating a sandwich. I actually took my coat off and just had a base-layer, t-shirt and an Arc’teryx hoodie on.
It was an awesome day out, and on the way back down i made a detour to Catstye Cam. I think it took me about 5 hours, 16km and about 900m of elevation. The weather defiantly made the day, it a couple of weeks i’ll be going back to the Lakes to go up Skiddaw and blencathra. Hoping the snow is still there for some epic adventures.
I would defiantly recommend taking a visit to Helvellyn, whether this is in the winter or summer. It’s an easy hike from Ullswater, about 4miles there and back (14km). And theres a few pubs in Ullswater to grab a beer when you’ve done.