Winter Mountaineering Course - Scotland


ROCK CLIMBING - CUMBRIA (Lakes) (1 to 4 days),
SNOWDONIA (3 to 5 days)

NAVIGATION Courses - CUMBRIA (Lakes) (1 or 2 days)

Monday, 31 January 2011

Guided Climbing on Ben Nevis & Aonach Mor

Working for Adam Hughes this weekend.
Callum hasn't done much winter climbing for many years but he's a very experienced fell runner so confident on his feet and keen.
On Saturday we headed up Ben Nevis in a whiteout and climbed Number 2 Gully Buttress, a great route.
Sunday saw us on Aonach Mor along with Adam and his other instructors (Kenny, Campbell, and Adam). The forecast was for strong winds so we were all concerned that the gondola might shut early but Callum and I climbed Tunnel Vision and Left Twin, and were in the cafe enjoying cake and coffee before catching the last gondola down.

Climber ahead of us on Tunnel Vision

Friday, 14 January 2011

Winter Mountaineering - Day 5

A poor weather forecast, but we went to Stob Coire nan Lochan and had a fantastic mountain day using skills learned this week.
The weather was wet as we stepped out of the minibus and headed up the path, but it was kind to us with breaks in the cloud as we got higher, and gave us a wonderful challenge with 35 mph wind and hail on the summit.

The North East ridge was wonderful with the chance to use many of the skills we'd practiced.
asending the Nort East ridge

On the summit we experienced the wind, and hail.
Adam felt some hail sting through his Goretex and fleece as we moved on and down.

A swift adjustment of the rope before navigating around the corrie rim and down the ridge to the West and North.
A great Scottish mountaineering day, with the challenge of the weather adding to the day.

A mug of tea and detailed chat about the day and week before we said gooodbye, maybe to meet in a few weeks on a winter Climbing course.

TOP TIP - don't let your clothes get too wet under your goretex jacket.
You'll feel cold even in the Instructor's warm belay jacket (and he may be quietly frustrated if you damage his expensive inner down vest).

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Winter Skills - Day 4

Weather was terrible today and outside the rain hammered loud on the roof and windows.

We headed off to the local ice climbing wall where we practiced rope techniquest, climbed indoor rock roues, and then kitted up and went into the massive freezer box to climb with one and two ice tools.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Winter Skills - Day 3

Yesterday was glorious and we ascended the Zig-Zags in Glencoe, where the student saw the use of a rope over short steps.
Today we explained some of the detail and headed into Glencoe to practice bucket seats, buried ice axes, snow bollards, and snow shelters.
The freezing level has moved above the summits today but it didn't stop us from having a great day. 

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Winter Skills - day 2

Scotland, 11th January 2011

Today's weather was FANTASTIC and much better than expected as we headed into Glencoe to ascend the Zig-Zags (grade 1) to put into practice the footwork skills introduced yesterday;
We also used a rope on short steps.

Roped support on the Zig Zags

Asending into the sun

Across the tops

camera didn't "stitch" the panorama so well this time

Winter Skills - day 1

Monday's weather was not good but we got a good day practicing basic skill, walking both with and without crampons, and doing ice axe arrests.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Ropes on the Nid

Today we got the ropes out on the Nid area, Scotland

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Recent Photos of winteer

Aonach Mor, Scotland - Mark from Lowe on a Grade 3 on the East Face

Blea Water, Lake Distict - fantastic route, frozen tarn

Cautley Spout, Yorkshire - 6am, done before going to the office at 9.10

Dollywaggon Gully, Lake District - the crux, dry

Dollywagon Gully, Lake District - approach

View from Great End, Cumbria - 20 December 2010

Great End, Cumbria - the 3rd route of the day

Helveyn, Cumbria - December 2010

Sunset from the summit, Lake Distririct - December 2010

practicing Emeregency shelters - December 2010

Sunset - Cumbria
Aonach Mor - East Face 2011