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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Winter Training Day

  Up on Meall Tarmachan again, this time with the Firbush Centre’s staff preparing for the winter season with some staff training. We managed to get the best of the day and had a stunning afternoon revising movement skills coaching for winter mountaineering and walk; and talking over digital mapping, route planning and going over […]

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Ewan Gully

  We revisited Ben Hiant after another snowy spell over the Easter break. There was plenty of firm, deep snow in places. So, we  climbed a gully line west of the NW ridge which I descended  on New Year’s Eve 2000 after the ascent of NW ridge. The gully had less snow on it, but […]

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Caringorms

Mixed weekend of weather working for Glenmore Lodge. Saturday was wild, windy and snowy, so we stayed low looking a snow anchors and revising movement skills Sunday was a stunner at times  – softshell ‘n’ shades day. Looking over to Coire an t’Sneacha we could see a large avalanche crown wall running from Jacob’s right […]

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