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 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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Cam Chreags

  Barry  wanted to get some climbs in for his Winter Mountain Leader award, so on reading the forecast for South westerly winds and overnight snow we headed to Cam Chreags on Meall Tarmachan hoping this venue wouldn’t be loaded with fresh snow and dangerous to climb. There was plenty of fresh snow, but the […]

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Mountaineering Skills

I was out with Andy and David on a EICA Ratho mountiaineering skills day on Sunday. We went onto the slopes of Meall Tarmachan and looked at movement skills using axes and crampons, before looking at constructing snow anchors and bucket seats. We then found some steep ground with some patches of ice and looked […]

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Winter Skills

I was working on an EICA Ratho winter skills day today. Louise, Dean and I went up to Meall Tarmachan to look at how to use axes, crampons and work on navigation skills. Despite the thaw, we found some excellent snow and even some ice to play on. The weather was pretty good, all though […]

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