Friday, 8 January 2016

Mountaineering Instructor Certificate trainee mentoring today.

A stunning day in Glencoe today for Andy to meet up with Stuart.

Stuart is working towards completing his MIC assessment and Andy is mentoring Stuart towards his goal.

Kirsty and James joined them as clients and they headed to Dorsal Arete, a very fine winter grade II climb up a wonderful ridge in Stob Coire nan Lochan in Glencoe.

A great day of guiding, instruction and knowledge sharing.

The weather was absolutely stunning. No wind and the views stretched to Skye and beyond.

The snow fall yesterday had drifted into deeper areas in gully heads and lee slopes. Wind slab was seen and triggered in isolated areas facing NE but the snow was well bonded else where. The buttresses were busy with folk on a variety of harder and very hard mixed routes.

 Small cornices have formed at the top of NC Gully and Broad Gully.  Ice was forming on the path and the 'bad step' was extremely slippery!

A sublime landscape. 

Stuart creating anchors. 

Stuart in guiding mode. 

Nice conditions on the Dorsal Grat.

Busy up there today. 

James on the last pitch.