Wednesday, 29 January 2014
A film about our High Atlas Mountain Expedition with University of the Highlands and Islands students last June.
Hebridean Pursuits were involved with organising and guiding 3 expeditions to Morocco last year. This is a great short film about one of them.
Sunday, 26 January 2014
Friday was a bluste
Thursday, 23 January 2014
Wednesday, 22 January 2014
Yesterday was some what wilder than Monday. 50 mph gusts of wind made conditions perfect for considering what we do in the event of not making back to the road due to accidents or more likely poor navigation skills. As we ascended we looked at snow pack profiles, dug emergency shelters and considered safety bearings and route choice. After reaching the summit of Stob nan Cabar we descended it's NW face
Monday, 20 January 2014
Today I was out working for Hebridean Pursuits with 5 folk in Glencoe on Meall a Bhuiridh. This was day one of five concentrating on winter mountaineering skills. We looked at packing, carrying and selecting equipment. We ascended the hill looking at a variety of essential skills. We had mixed conditions, but at 2 pm the cloud lifted we got beautiful views from the summit. The ski slopes are covered in deep snow. The fresh breeze
Friday, 17 January 2014
Conditions are good for mountaineering in Scotland. Much snow remains and the snow pack has consolidated well. Here are a few images of a variety of work HPL have been involved with this week.
Thursday, 9 January 2014
I was working on Aonach Mor today with 6 students from West Highland College. We were concentrating on essential foot work and the traditional skills of mountaineering for moving around on steep snow. The snow was, at last solid providing a perfect medium for instructing on. No rain, a little snow shower and dry gloves, what more could a mountaineering instructor require? It lifts the spirits somewhat after a very damp spell. Check out the amount of snow in the pictures the ski touring will be awesome.
Wednesday, 8 January 2014
A few shots from work today in Summit Gully. Still very warm but copious amounts of snow banks out most gully lines. A calmer day with some rain after 3 pm. I was mentoring a MIC trainee today, concentrating on snow anchors and teaching progressions for an up coming assessment.www.hebrideanpursuits.co.uk
Tuesday, 7 January 2014
Happy New year! Our first day back on the hill in 2014. Glencoe was extremely wet today. The snow cover has been pushed back some what but optimistically loads of snow remains in all the main gully lines. The snow we used today was soft and water logged at 650 m but at approx 750 m it certainly was still firm enough to use the edge of a boot in. All we need now is a good lowering of temperature and the neve will be classic. I am out climbing tomorrow, with a better forecast I should be able report on the snow pack at higher altitudes and fingers crossed have a great day out mountaineering
Saturday, 4 January 2014
I have just arrived home in Oban after a great week on Mull staying at Tavool House on Mull. The weather has been kind and we had some adventures on the rock, in the fresh water streams and in the sea. Hebridean Pursuits