Monday, 25 January 2010

Glenmore Lodge winter skills Day 1

Day 1 of an Introductory Winter Skills course for Glenmore Lodge and I was out in a snowy Coire an t Sneachda today. We were getting a feel for walking in the winter environment and introducing avalanche avoidance and the use of the boot and the axe as key walking tools.
Climbers were out on Pateys, Alladin's Mirror Direct (about Grade III, a small ice step) and Red Gully amongst others. A team from the Lodge domestic staff were over in the Loch Avon basin with Joris catching some air time falling off the Chancer (no injuries- bottom of Hells Lum completely banked out) and unsurprisingly there were ski tourers out enjoying excellent conditions everywhere. Firm snow under some powder and isolated patches of windslab about- gear on the routes is very hard won just now.
Another team from the Lodge reported continuing good conditions on Creag Meaghaidh- they did The Pumpkin.
Today I was working for Glenmore Lodge.

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