Day 3, Sabotorfossen and Bakveien
Derek, Pete and myself headed for the Rjukan classic Sabotorfossen today, the route was in good condition but with some variable ice on the top pitch. This 3 star classic did not disappoint! It snowed last night and today so plenty of snow about but tracks in to most of the popular areas. Others were climbing Nedre Svingfoss which looked good and was cleared of snow (this is the problem with a lot of the easy angled routes now). Mark and Avi headed to Bakveien which they reported to be thin but very good. We then all met up and headed to Svingfoss to look at some ice threads and placing screws to pave the way for some leading practice tomorrow..
Mark and Avi headed to Bakveien which they said was a really great route and in good condition. It has varied pitches with technical ice climbing and mixed ground.
Ice chimney on Sabotorfossen
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Mark Rock Climbing Course
‘Having spend three days in the mountains with Paddy I’ve got to say he’s the best guide I’ve ever worked with. Everything was pitched perfectly for my individual level - the choice of climbs, the balance between learning and mileage on the crag, all suited my level of experience. In three days I went from never having climbed trad to leading VD, seconding HVS+ and ticking off a classic mountain route, all thanks to Paddy’s professionalism and enthusiasm. Can’t wait to get out there again!’
Oli Associate Editor, Trail Magazine - Guided Classics for Trail Article
'I spent two of my most enjoyable mountain days ever with Mountain Circles, climbing Napes Needle and Pillar Rock in the Lake District. Paddy Cave's an absolutely awesome instructor who's been to the kind of places and climbed the kind of mountains I can only ever dream of. I'm no expert climber, but myself and the rest of the Trail team felt totally safe and confident on the rock thanks to the expert instruction we received, and we can't wait for our next adventure with Mountain Circles. Keep up the good work guys!'
Richard Skye Munros and Mountaineering Course
Paddy Cave guided me for four days on Skye. He has huge skill and experience; he kept me safe and taught me new techniques. In addition, he is great to talk to, with fascinating accounts of mountains and mountaineering.
Ivan Winter Mountaineering Courses, Guided Winter Climbing, Skye Guided Scrambling, Tower Ridge
I would recommend Paddy as a guide whether you're into hill walking or ice climbing. I've followed Paddy's lead all over Scotland for the last two years, both winter and summer. He always finds routes that push me enough to make them really memorable. With his advice and vigourous encouragement, I have safely made it up routes I thought beyond me. Looking forward to the next trip. !
Roger Winter Skills Course, Winter Mountaineering Course, Scrambling Course, Rock Climbing Course, Winter Climbing Course
'Paddy oozes enthusiasm and inspires confidence to challenge yourself to achieve things that you didn’t think possible. A winter skills course led to mountaineering skills then rock climbing and now we’re off full Scottish winter mountaineering'.
Chris Youth Groups - Group Climbing, Group Abseiling, Gorge Scrambling, Mountain Leader Refresher Course
I have worked with a lot of good instructors in the lakes over an 18 year period and Paddy stood out by miles. He doesn't just get on with the activity you have chosen, he is genuinely interested on what you or your group want to achieve. He takes the time to listen to you on what you want. Since our first meeting I have always booked Paddy and will continue to do so.
No matter whether it is Gorge Scrambling, Climbing, Abseiling, Canyoning, ML training, Paddy will go out of his way to make sure you or your group have a good experience. He will try to tailor make a good day from the budget you have and he gets his buzz seeing you or you group of people achieve no matter what the age.
I have no hesitation in recommending Paddy Cave and his team to any individual or group who want a good time in the outdoors.
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Stephen Lancaster University Hiking Club - Winter Skills Course
'Extremely knowledgeable, fun and well delivered, the course was tailor-made to whatever one wanted to know, a great experience'.
Ben Lancaster University Hiking Club - Winter Skills Course
Through Paddy’s tuition I’m so confident in my ice axe arrests I relish falling off steep edges so I can put the skills into practice.
Sam Lancaster University Hiking Club Coordinator - Winter Skills Courses, Winter Mountaineering Courses
Paddy has delivered Winter Skills courses to our club for a number of years. They've always proved completely invaluable, not just in terms of the personal satisfaction and enjoyment our members get out of learning such skills under the knowledgeable and experienced tuition Paddy offers, but also because of the new skills those members then go on to bring to the rest of the club, enhancing and making safer all of our winter mountain experiences.
Roger Introduction to Ice and Mixed Climbing
Having now just spent four Scottish winter days on a variety of climbs and ridges with Paddy from Aviemore to Glencoe and the Ben, I feel privileged to have experienced such an atmospheric environment in the safety and direction of a true professional; with lasting memories until next winter’s challenge!