Sunday, 29 March 2015
Winter is still firmly in charge in The Highlands. Today we were running a winter walking skills course in Glencoe. Jamie took a Venture Scouts Group out onto and up 'The Little Buachaille' whilst ascending they concentrated on essential skills for venturing into the Scottish mountains in winter. The Scout group will be back out tomorrow. Over the last three days we have also been running a winter climbing course. Scott was instructing a team of four in all things winter mountaineering and climbing. They headed on Friday for Glencoe, on Saturday for West Gully on Ben Nevis and today Sron Na Larig in Glencoe. We will post some photos when they come in from our instructors. If you fancy a spring winter mountaineering course do get in touch. There is plenty of snow and ice left.
Friday, 27 March 2015
Over the last few days we have been down in the The Lake District working with the outdoor staff from Silverdale School. We have been delivering their annual Technical Advice and in house training. We were concentrating on very specifuc scrambling skills on Cam Crag Ridge and Intake Ridge in Borrowdale. Day one was like a summers and day two returned to winter. A constructive and educational few days for all of us. And it was excellent to be back in the gentle and beautiful hills of The Lakes which were a stomping ground in my youth. Happy memories.
Monday, 23 March 2015
So Hebridean Pursuits 26th season of winter courses continues but my winter working season is nearly over. As a dedicated follower of fashion here is my selfie of some of my working days this season. Just over 19,000 metres of ascent so far and a good balance of Grim and Sublime conditions, for walking skills, Mountaineering and climbing days. Thanks to all our clients, Instructors and Guides I have had the pleasure to work with this winter.
Saturday, 21 March 2015
Today we were back up in SCNL in Glencoe. We were instructing members of the Northumberland College Crag and Mountain Club. Last year they suffered terrible blizzard conditions but this year they only had to suffer wall to wall sunshine. It felt like being in the Alps. We concentrated on specific snow climbing skills so the guys can move into steeper gully climbing and we also practiced escape methods using a variety of techniques. What an early spring we are having. Routes such as SC Gully, Twisting and NC gully all
Thursday, 19 March 2015
An amazing three days. With a brilliant school group.
Sunday, 15 March 2015
After the gales comes the spring sunshine. Just fantastic and I guess some what owed. The last three days have been tremendous in Glencoe and the Southern Highlands
Thursday, 12 March 2015
A very mixed bag of weather was handed out over the last few days. From
Friday, 6 March 2015
Over the last couple of days we have been working with the trainees on the Roses Outdoor Learning Project. These two days have been based in Glencoe. We have been finalising their winter skills programme. The weather has been challenging, very windy and wet in the mountains. The snow has taken a large thaw but there is still masses of the white stuff left. A freeze will indeed produce some wonderful neve to climb on. Snow holes, survival skills, ice axe arrest and plenty more over the last two days. Their next sessions are scrambling and rock climbing based in May.
Tuesday, 3 March 2015
Monday, 2 March 2015
Lots of new fresh snow again in Glencoe. We stayed low and concentrated on technical skills for leading and abseiling.