Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Single Pitch Climbing Award skills training today.

A great class room! 

A 'Y Hang'. Ben hoping Dan remembers  it correctly!

Dan equalizing his anchors.

The real Quarry- men. A tougher job than mine!

Today was another really sunny and warm day on the West Coast. I headed to Ballachulish Quarry with three very keen second year students from the Degree Course in Adventure Tourism. Based at Fort William's UHI, West Highland College, Dan, Jordan and Ben are about to take their SPA assessments so it was a second day of  being quizzed on all things SPA. What if's? the how too's and most importantly, Keeping it simple, all loomed high on the agenda. The sun shone all day and out of the wind it felt like a summers cragging day. New snow is liberally sprinkled on the hills of Glencoe and up on the Ben. Reports are of good conditions continue in the gullies. But! If we get some new snow in these areas we will have to be very careful indeed as there will be two distinct layers in the snow pack and then the ridges and buttresses will be a safer bet. I say if we get snow as it is not certain just what will come our way over the next few days. Watch this space as HPL has plenty of winter courses still to run over the next few weeks. Scotland Outside is the place to be!