Sunday, 31 January 2016

Two very contrasting days in Glencoe.

Saturday was a wild day, where as today was calm and even tranquil by contrast. Alot of snow fell through Saturday but was then transported rapidly over night onto easterly aspects and into hollows. Whilst running Manchester University Mountaineering Club's annual Winter Skills and Intro Mountaineering courses it was evident that the snow pack had definitely become wind slabbed. Hence the increase in the SAIS report from moderate to considerable.
Saturday was a skills day for both courses and today we  had 17 students putting it all into practice on the Little Buachaille and the mountaineering group ascended Sron na Larig. Icing was to be seen above 750 m and the turf was starting to freeze up. Another group of the students ascended Raeburn's Route in Stob Corrie nan Lochan,  which was reported to be in good condition. The corries was busy today,  with many head torches being seen descending the path this evening. It was also the last time Land Rover will produce the  Defender 110 this weekend. So a fitting image of our trusty work horse standing strong in the maelstrom on Saturday.