Big Picket Rock

Got home this evening to find a complementary copy of the wonderful new CC South Devon guide book. In it I found some wonderful old photos of me and friend Dave T on the esoteric sea stack The Big Picket Rock at Ladram Bay. Given an alpine grade of VIII, trad 6a, it was certainly an adventure not going to be forgotten quickly. "It's like climbing a multi pitch sandcastle..." 

I hope you enjoy this rubbish little video about the ascent... 

MEGA

I've unconsciously started using the word "Mega" a lot this week, conditions have certainly been very good. Having had dump after dump of snow to road level, the mountains were starting to feel like hard work again. But then the magic started to happen, a steady thaw in the mountains, just above freezing on the summits for two and a half days. I was transfixed on the forecasts. Could it happen? Could this be what we hope for? Scotland can dash hopes (and often does), with savage weather beating you up again and again with poor "conditions", but this time things seemed to be aligning. Every time I checked the forecasts another cog turned in time with another. The lower slope snow disappeared, the higher snow consolidated but stayed, the forecasts suggested cold dry weather. It was going to turn very good.

Last week I've had the company of two very cool chaps - Diggy and Kev, while I was working for West Coast Mountain Guides on an Advanced Winter Climbing Course . Everything seemed in condition and we were spoilt for choice. Here are some photos from our week and a few from before with friends Alex, Miriam and Dave C. Absolutely Mega...