Monday, 25 February 2013

Winter Mountaineering Skills for Ski Touring Course Day 2. Friday Feb 22nd.

It has been an incredible few days in the mountains. On Friday I was working with Richard on his second day of a Mountaineering Skills for Ski Touring Course. Richard is a keen skier and has 'found' ski touring! He is keen to learn mountaineering skills so he can ski tour and of course learn about using his skis and skins as well. Friday was calm and cold but strangely stormy looking. We headed to the Black Mount area to explore the area of Creag an Fhirich and the SE ridge of Clach Leathad after ascending Meall a Bhuiridh. We looked at climbing skills, survival shelter building and snow pack analysis and of course to find some fun skiing and skinning in an isolated environment. The snow was bullet  hard so we donned ski crampons and had some interesting times ascending icy sections. The down sections were fast and leg rattling! I was working for Hebridean Pursuits Ltd.