UPDATE July 2015: Ken and Hannah are now running Scottish walking, mountaineering and climbing courses for West Coast Mountain Guides.
It’s been a very busy past couple of months, with the final fews days of winter climbing work (Indicator Wall being the last, on April 19th), numerous days of mountaineering on Skye and on Ben Nevis, I also enjoyed a great ski touring trip to the Ecrins Alps with Rich Bentley, whilst Han was out ski touring in Norway, we’ve moved into into our new house in Corpach and then to top it all off, we’re now in the Spanish Pyrenees, to work this summer for a very good friend of mine, Phil James, who runs Hike Pyrenees.
I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t a little disappointed with the wild weather we’ve had out in the Spanish Pyrenees so far, including some of the worst rainfall for 30 years or so, but summer has finally arrived, and with plenty of snow still lying on the higher mountains, the panoramas are fantastic! The weather only really played ball on our of our day’s off, during which we managed a day of sports climbing at Foradada del Toscar.
Much of the guiding has been in the Valle De Tena, but last week we spent the week in the 1km deep Ordesa Valley, which must be one of the most impressive canyons in Europe. Our final day was a high level trek along the rim of the valley, giving us brilliant views of Las Treseroles (The 3 Sisters), comprising of the 3000m peaks of Cilindro, Monte Perdido and Anisclo.
Today, we both enjoyed a day off, and so made the most of it by heading over to France and bouldering at the scenic Pont de Camps. It’s a brilliant spot, situated next to the River, and surrounded by high peaks, with 30 or so Andesite boulders, and has been developed in a similar manner to Font, with colours marking problems. Its well worth stopping off at if you is in this neck of the woods!