Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Alpine-esk conditions in Glencoe.

The Hebridean Pursuits team have been  up in the mountains over the last few days guiding pupils aged 15 to 17 form George Heriot's School. The school had an annual Winter Mountaineering weekend in Glencoe with Hebridean Pursuits for the last six years.  It is the next step up from their winter walking skills weekend in January.

Three groups enjoyed two very contrasting days in the mountains.

On Saturday they all headed to the sharp grade I School House Ridge on which they practised moving roped up and wearing crampons on mixed ground. It was a wet day but good snow was left to productively practice the skills required to move onto steeper and more technical ground on day two.

On Sunday two teams headed to Sron Na Larig and one to Meall a Bhuridh. It was a fine day, dry and alpine in feel. Both teams really enjoyed their respective challenges.

Well done all involved, we now look forward to your scrambling weekend in September.

Friday, 11 March 2016

A catch up after a busy period up in the mountains with Hebridean Pursuits.

It has been absolutely sublime over the last few weeks up here on the west coast of Scotland and we have been really busy running courses in the mountains.

We have been guiding climbs, instructing mountaineering, coaching winter walking skills and teaching winter lead climbing.

With the longer days and glorious cold yet sunny conditions it has been a delightful to be high on ridges and faces with our clients.

Spring is around the corner but the winter conditions remain extremely good. We have courses running well into April and if you are keen to get some 'alpine' climbing in high up on Ben Nevis we can arrange that for you.

Yet again the photos tell the story.

Curved Ridge, grade III. Rosemary's first winter climb. 

Katie on North Buttress grade IV on Buachaille  Etive Mor.  

Winter walking skills course.

First Munros. 

Quiet mountains. Different approaches to Munro summits.

Skills training for winter climbing. 

James, Andy and Dave heading up Sron na Larig.  

Steve on fantastic The Dragons Tooth.

Sron na Larig.

James topping out in Glencoe.