Cold and icy conditions in Winter Corrie – although the gully lines are thin. Easy Gully buttress gave a straight forward ice route from the base of the corrie to the top. Although grade II in the guide book, it was a grade III climb with a steeper section in the middle. The […]Read more "Winter Corrie"
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 […]Read more "Winter Skills at Firbush"
Milder yesterday with freezing levels above the tops. Snow pack has softened and there is loose rock around. Wild and and windy tomorrow!Read more "Northern Corries"
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 […]Read more "Winter mountaineering course"
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 […]Read more "Winter Training Day"