|The Cullins from the road to Sligachan|
The Easter holidays have come and gone and getting back into a routine hasn't felt so bad after all.
Work from last month is still ongoing. The large painting I had more or less given up on kept nagging at me. After reinstating the track I finally now feel like it's getting close to working.
|Oil on canvas 100x100cm|
Skye hasn't see any rain for many, many weeks and it was strange to see how dry and yellow the grass and moorland was. Many of the burns were dried up as well. And all this un seasonally dry weather has resulted in numerous and troubling wild fires. Not so good for the farmers I'm sure but any climbers who were fortunate enough to make it up to Skye over the holidays have been having a ball.
The conditions up top in the Cullins were truly alpine. Crampons and axes were the order of the day. Not having climbed in snow and ice like this for a very long time it certainly was something that felt new and ever so slightly scary!
The descent on the first day wasn't without incident ( balled up crampons and an ill judged foot placement resulted in abit of a tumble!!) but safe to say I'm still here and keen to get back up to Skye when ever the opportunity presents itself again.
The views were amazingly beautiful.... snow covered mountains are so magical, intimidating and other worldly.
|Bidein Drum nan Ramh|
|Looking towards Sgurr nan Gillean with Bla Bheinn in the distance|
|Gillean on the ridge of Bruach na Frithe|
|Looking towards south at the main Cuillin ridge from the summit of Bruach Na Frithe|
|More down climbing|
|Sgurr an Fheadain|
|Bouldering with views !|
|Cuillin ridge from Beinn na Callich|
|Beinn na Caillich ridge snakes away into the distance|
This quote by Charles Pilkington in 1888 on the back of Gordon Stainforths' excellent book on the Cuillin sums up a visit to Skye and her mountains very well.
"We who have been have gone again,and advise you to go. You will not be disappointed"
Lastly, those collographs I mentioned in my March blog. Well I had a play around with inking them up. It's a start and I'm looking forward to making up some larger more experimental plates in the coming weeks.