Day 2 of our Association of Mountaineering Instructors workshop for Mountaineering Instructor Certificate Trainees and we headed to Aonach Mor and the Nevis Range gondola. The fog was very dense just below the gondola so it was a pleasure to pop out above it 100m higher. We enjoyed a stunning inversion and Brocken Spectres all day long. We looked at a method for descending Easy Gully with novice students before traversing the extensive avalanche debris in Coire Lochain towards the north. We did some short roping and investigated the seriousness of different angled terrain and snow types (snow was very variable underfoot, knee deep plunging and old hard neve), looking at what techniques we might use... or not in different situations.
3 routes were climbed in the Coire today but all might well be unclimbable by tomorrow and were lean with a lot of green visible. Someone tapped the ice at the bottom of Left Twin... and ran away... We crossed the climbers col looking at mountaineering rope work and found steep neve to climb for a pitch just to the north. But if you are looking for climbing in decent condition this is not the place to go.
The views were however so immaculate that I have taken far too many picture for here. To see them all go to: https://www.facebook.com/climbwhenyoureready.mountaineering/media_set?set=a.1296694510373663.100000993792059&type=3&uploaded=51
ALSO AS AN ADDENDUM TO YESTEDAY'S MENTION OF LOOSE BLOCKS IN NO.2 GULLY THERE IS NOW A LARGE LOOSE PILE OF CHOSS UNCOVERED AT THE TOP OF THIS GULLY. ROCKFALL HERE WOULD BE CATASTROPHIC FOR ANYONE BELOW. THERE IS A LOT OF LOOSE ROCK AND MANY RATTLY BELAYS AROUND AT PRESENT. WE JUST DONT HAVE THE BUILDUP OF SNOW FOR THINGSTO BE SECURE AT PRESENT. PLEASE CONSIDER THIS IS YOU ARE THINKING OF CLIMBING... NO MATTER HOW FAR YOU HAVE TRAVELLED AND HOW DESPERATE YOU ARE TO GET SOMETHING DONE.