This past weekend I’ve been out in the Mountains of Glencoe with Wendy, Ed, Heath, Byron and Rasmus on their Intro to Winter Skills Course The Saturday was spent gradually ascending “Meall a Bhuiridh” which also doubles as the Glencoe ski area. Along the way they received instruction and enjoyed practicing the likes of how to arrest a slide by using the ice axe, and the use of crampons before putting them into practice on the descent down some steeper areas of the mountain. It was unusually warm for the time of year recording +3 on the summit with no wind, even in the cloud it was still to warm to give a proper understanding of how testing conditions can be on a mountain in Scotland. Tomorrow would see a complete reversal of the weather and back to winter with avengeance.
Sunday was designed to put all the skills they had learned on Saturday into practice on a more meaty mountain. The forecast for the day was strong SE winds with prolonged light snow throughout the day and low temperatures. Given the forecast I opted for an ascent of Stob Coire nan Lochan via the NW ridge. The weather and the mountain didn’t disappoint with very testing conditions near the summit and on the descent. All of the group showed strong character getting to the summit and back again in under 6hrs, we even found an abandoned snow hole on the way up that had been made some days earlier. A little shovel work and it was put to good use for an early lunch spot. Upon returning to the car park I saw other companies have had the same idea spotting vehicles from “World Challenge” and “Plas-y Brenin” who were running similar courses.
For those that are interested in joining a winter skills course, I can run the same 2 day bespoke course for 3 or more people at the price advertised. Or if you prefer one to one coaching on a daily agreed rate. Just hurry before this winter disappears. Send me a mail for further inquires or questions.