Winter So Far

A frustrating winter to far with lots a thawing snow – some photos so far:   November: AMI short-roping training day in Glencoe (photos Simon Wells)     Late November: Back to the Buchallie for a wet scrambling day December: Winter staff training day at Firbush (Photos Firbush) 12th Jan: Winter Skills Course at Firbush […]

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MIC = WMCI?

Eh? Wondering how to navigate the change in award names? Following on from the change of name of the “Single Pitch Award” to “Rock Climbing Instructor”, the Mountaineering Instructor qualifications have changed their names to   Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor and  Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor   https://www.mountain-training.org/latest-news/mountaineering-instructor-qualifications-renamed   Any changes? Nope – still providing instruction, […]

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Winter Skills at Firbush

A weekend of two halves – Saturday was mild and wet and the team from Firbush Outdoor Centre with Tom and Stephen had a late start and headed up Beinn Sheasgarnaich to try and find some snow patches. I joined them on Sunday as the temperature dropped, bringing wind, snow and cold temperatures overnight. This […]

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Winter mountaineering course

Today I was working on a course for Glenmore Lodge. Misty day at times which cleared to a give us a cloud invesion as we came off the hill. Felt wintery, even with the much depleted snow pack in places. What snow there is is hard and icy with dodgy runouts, so axes and crampons […]

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