Monday, 11 February 2013

Winter Walking Skills Course today in Glorious Glencoe

Today I was working with Andy and Katherine in Glencoe. It was Andy and Kat's first taste of winter walking. What a day a first day, just fantastic conditions under foot. We headed up to the Glencoe Mountain Resort  to access the snow line quickly to maximize our time in the snow. The snow was just perfect for the essential walking skills training and we found some great flat ice to practicing crampon technique on. We made an ascent of Meall a Bhuiridh 1108m via it's north and south west ridges thus avoiding any unstable snow pack. There was a fair amount of neve and accumulations of wind slab on the hill especially in lee slopes facing north westerly. The skies were blue for a large proportion of the day and the wind behaved for once! I am now on annual leave for a few days and looking forward to spending time with the family. Hebridean Pursuits Ltd courses continue through the week into the weekend. Reports will be posted when my children allow me to stop playing!