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March 2017


For the final day of our winter mountaineering course we headed East to the Cairngorms where the better weather forecast proved true and we enjoyed sunshine and good firm snow. Marion was feeling better today and so we were back to a full team. We climbed Jacobs Ladder with Racheal leading and me alongside offering [...]

Ben Nevis

It's been a fairly wild day here in Scotland but for the second day of our winter mountaineering course we managed to escape the worst of the winds on the North Face of the Ben. Poor Marion was ill and so Huw and I headed up with Rachel, Tom and Luara. Rachel and I climbed [...]

North Buttress of Stob Ban

Huw and I have been joined by Racheal, Tom, Laura  and Marion this week for our final winter mountaineering course of the season. It's been a tad warm really but its getting colder tonight and some more heavy snow is forecast for later in the week. We climbed North Buttress (II) on Stob Ban and [...]

Scottish Skiing

I've got this weekend off and decided to make the most of the free time by enjoying some Scottish Ski action. I spent the day at Nevis Range and was over the moon to find the chairlift running in the back corries. This meant I could enjoy off piste skiing with uplift - in [...]

Avalanche Avoidance

For the second day of our avalanche avoidance course we focused on decision making, heuristic traps and companion rescue. We headed to Nevis Range and used the gondola to get to the snow line and refreshed the skills we had covered yesterday whilst introducing today's topics. It has been warm but dry, giving a nice [...]

Avalanche Avoidance Course

I have been joined by Laura, Thomas, Andy, Andy and Ben for our two day avalanche avoidance course here in Scotland. We headed to the Glencoe Ski Centre and focused on Terrain, Weather and Conditions for the day. It has been a stunning day with far reaching views and some more fresh snow. The winter [...]

Wild on the West

It has been a pretty wild day today, here in the Highlands. We escaped the worst of the winds by sheltering in the back of Coire Na Ciste on the North Face of Ben Nevis. It took a bit of wading to put the track in but it was a great day for avalanche watching, [...]

Stob Ban – East Ridge

It has been another great day here in Scotland for the second day of our winter skills course we were keen to maximise on the great snow and conditions. Setting off from Glen Nevis we climbed the beautifully pointy Stob Ban via it's East Ridge. The area proved a popular choice with teams out from [...]

Scottish Winter Skills Week

Scottish Winter Skills Week I have been joined for the week by Luke, Heather, Patrick and Alex for our Scottish winter skills week long course. I have also had Jen along showing in preparation for her winter ML assessment. It has been a stunning day here in the Highlands and we kicked the week off [...]

February 2017