That’s the start of a three day Scottish Winter Mountaineering course but it’s not been met with the best of weather. Venturing onto any exposed or high ground was certainly not an option given the strength of the wind brought about by Storm Brendan. Reaching the snowline by some means was worth trying but it was very much a day of suck it and see. Rob, Rachel, Cath, Russ, Jonathan and me set off into Glencoe’s Lost Valley with an open mind but although it was relatively sheltered on the valley floor the swirling wind was enough to buffet you around higher up. Disappointingly, though not entirely unexpectedly given the southerly direction of the wind the snow has become wet and heavy going up to higher levels. Jonathan and me did batter our way over and into Stob Coire nan Lochan via a dot to dot itinerary of just going on to see what it was like at the next boulder. There was even a fair stretch of all fours crawling to crest the ridge dividing the two corries. To add to all of that the rain was hammering down before we reached the car. Better a poor day on the hill than a day in the office! Well, maybe?

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