A very challenging period of weather over the last few days with Storm Ciara followed in quick succession by Storm Denis. Saturday saw the Firbush Winter Skills course head up the lower slopes of Ben More to find some sheltered snow. This sort of worked, but given the very strong winds and quantity of rain, […]Read more "Avoiding Denis"
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 […]Read more "Winter So Far"
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"
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"
Brianne, David and I headed up to Coire Creagach of Sgairneach Mhor to look at mountaineering skills – moving on snow with axes and crampons. We also looked at snow belays – digging bucket seats and horizontal axes. Some big snow patches high up Interesting animal traps on the walk in. A colder start […]Read more "Mountaineering in Coire Creagach"