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Month: November 2013

Winter warmer on Hound Tor, Dartmoor

Climbing on the cold but grippy granite of Hound Tor, Dartmoor This week end I had a day out climbing with Simon and Liz, after a summer working towards their summer ML up North, they had travelled down to Devon and Cornwall for a bit of sightseeing and for Simon to undertake his SPA training. After this was done they were keen for a bit of a fun day out on the moors. Liz who had only climbed indoors was keen to see “what it was all about” and look at the process of leading and setting up belays,...

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Burington Combe, Charity Abseil

The weather seems to have turned “proper cold” down here now with most activities needing a nice warm pair of gloves and today was no exception. Tony Finnis who organized the event, was hoping to raise some money for charity and have a fun day out for all his staff at Butterflies Day Nurseries and it was a real success. As is the norm with people doing things for charity, they had signed themselves up to do something they are absolutely terrified of, but it was a 100% success with everyone having a go and completing the abseil. I...

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Early season Ski Touring at Flaine/Les Carroz

Back out on the skis today, for a social half day tour at the great early season venue of Flaine. We’ve had some great weather out here in the Alps this weekend, and people have been out enjoying it. In fact, for an area where the lifts aren’t even open yet, there are ski tracks everywhere! After about 500m of uphill at a social pace, we had a good ski down a NE facing couloir on the Tete de Veret. A little bit of steep skiing preceded a nice pitch of powder. My legs are feeling a little rusty...

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Scottish Winter Course Dates

Some Scottish dates that Matt’s running this winter: 12th – 19th Jan – Winter skills/Mountaineering 22nd Feb – 2nd Mar Winter Climbing Other dates on request, but those are the preferred option! For course details have a browse of the web pages (menu above) and get in touch if you have any...

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