Monday, 9 November 2009

British Rock and Water Association Coasteering Course.

This weekend Hebridean Pursuits organised and ran a coasteering skills course for Aberdeen City outdoor instructors.
The weekend went really well, with excellent weather, small swell and warm sea's!
The venues on that coastline are excellent with a variety of aspects and types of journey, form easy boulder hopping to larger jumps and play spots!

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Five Star Sea Kayaking Course.

Exploring caves on the Staffin coastline, by Stac Buidhe, just before dark, when night paddled for a few hours.
On the very sheltered nw coast of Eilean Trodday.

Open crossing to An t- Lasgair, in gentle swell and moderate winds.

The Rains stopped just in time to get really wet on a five star sea kayaking course based on Skye.

I had a great few days sea paddling, learning, brain storming planning and calculating tides times etc! My head was bulging with maths and thirds of things each time we went out on the water!
the conditions were just perfect, big enough seas, windy enough to challenge, the sea is warm still and the coast line was spectacular.
we visited small off shore skerries and caves, so new ticks too, which is always fantastic.
Glemore Lodge, yet again put on a very professional, considered and specific course and the accommodation at Whitewave was excellent as was the food.
It was so relaxing being on a training course again, to revisit and learn new skills is always enjoyable.

The Sky's open again on Skye!

The second weekend running and the rain didn't stop!
Andy and Di ascended Beinn na Caillach 732m above Broadford and then headed up to explore the atmospheric Old Man of Stor in what can only be described as horrible conditions!
Caillach was as expected a steep, but short lived thrutch over moorland to a great ridge walk over looking an impressive corrie! the summit hosts a huge cairn, which a Norwegian Princes is believed to be buried?
Given clear conditions the whole traverse would be amazing as the positioning of the range is ideal for views up to the black and red Cullins.
We dried out eventually!
Always worth getting out though!