Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Fine day high up in Glencoe

Descending into Lost Valley, steep snow fields all the way down to the glen.

Richard heading for the summit on some great old snow. Crampons on!

Another fine day in Glencoe.

On the Zig Zags, a fine start to our day and a great way into the Coire.

Today I was out with Richard, who was keen to have adventures and refresh his skills after recovering from injuries. We had a fantastic mini adventure scrambling, snow climbing, ridge walking and peak bagging.

We started on the Zig Zags scramble, where we looked at short roping. Then headed into Stob Coire nan Lochan to concentrate on refreshing Richards fundenmentals of ice axe and crampon use. From there we headed up over Lochan's lofty peak and at 1115m following some fine old snow and newly reformed softer pack with a wind crust. We followed the snow covered and still impressively corniced sw ridge and from there ascended the imposing Bidean nan Bian 1150m. Cloud came and went but generally a calm day, although some what mild! We descended the long snow slopes into Lost Valley and so back to the Glen. A fine days mountaineering.