It was mostly hot and sunny in France for the last two weeks when I was on holiday at Fontainbleau, Britanny and Normandy. It looks like I've brought a bit of it home too. We had non stop sunshine in Scotland today with views from one side of the country to the other (or so it seemed anyway). I was straight back to work and it was a complete pleasure.
Sandy is off to Mt. Kenya in a few weeks time and he wanted some training in readiness for the climb to Batian, the highest peak on Mt. Kenya. This includes grade Severe rock climbing at 5200m and an over night bivi near the summit. So they did some training in Alpine moving together ropework on Curved Ridge on Saturday and some pitched climbing skills yesterday at Poldubh in Glen Nevis. Today, Sandy needed to finish off his Summer Mountain Leader Award with a day covering contour interpretation. Thankfully we did not need any poor visibility for this!
We went just past Glen Finnan to a small hill called Meall Bhuidhe. The flowers are brilliant, the views from Rum to Ben Nevis were spectacular and Sandy's navigation was spot on. He is now a Summer Mountain Leader and will be an excellent person to spend time with in the hills. What a great way to go back to work!
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