Thursday, 28 February 2013

Stob Ban North Ridge. A very atmospheric days work.

Max Hunter, keeping a watchful eye out for the students.

Keep right please!

Kilimanjaro or Ben Nevis?

Today I was working with the students from The University Highlands and Islands on the Degree in 'Adventure Tourism and Management' on their Winter Walking  / Navigation Skills Workshop. We headed to Stob Ban's North Ridge which still has good snow cover and interesting technical ground to cover before the summit. It was a very photogenic day as the cloud came and went and the sun broke through the thin mist creating shafts of strange light. This a wonderfully interesting and shapely mountain, it was great to be back on the North Ridge as it has been a while since I have ascended this route and I will be back again before long. So that's nearly 9,000 m ascended over the last 8 days out. Not a drop of rain and almost wall to wall sunshine over that period. I am getting used to these conditions, how long will it last? I hope for a while. The snow cover was however thawing as we descended. Yet a couple nights of lower temperatures and the ice that has formed in the corries and gullies will be superb.