Sunday, 13 January 2008

Winter Skills in the Western Highlands

I ran a 2 day winter course this weekend with Nick from Alpha Mountaineering. The group of 6 were split into two to cover either introductory winter skills or more advanced ropework and avalanche awareness.
Saturday was a glorious crisp day on Anoach Mor, with a hard frost the previous night, snow below 600m and no wind. My group (Joe, Nina and Mandy) ascended to the top of Anoach Mor looking, along the way we looked at using an ice axe and various crampon techniques. We also covered useful strategies to navigate in the winter.
Unfortunately todays weather wasn't quite so nice, but we still found good ice in the ice factor to coach on.

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