Ken: I'm just back from a week of bolt clipping in the very pretty Frankenjura region of Germany. The north-facing crags were perfect despite the warm weather and the area was amazingly quiet.
I'm back in Scotland now and the weather isn't too dissimilar to that in Germany! For the past couple of days, I've been guiding Tower Ridge, but the beauty of the route, particularly when it's dry, is that a number of interesting variations are possible. Yesterday, with Jarek, we took the classic line; up the East Gully of the Douglas Boulder, then the traverse out right after the first flat section. From the summit, we descended Coire Leis. Today, I was out with Stephen and started up the SW Ridge of the Douglas Boulder (getting to it requires care and the ridge isn't without loose rock), before abseiling into the Douglas Gap. We took a much more direct line on the lower reaches of Tower Ridge, which gives slightly more sustained and exposed scrambling. From the summit, we made our way over to Carn Dearg and descended Ledge Route.
A truly great couple of days and all the more so with such good weather!