Monday 15 December 2008

East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn

In the last few days I've run another Climbing Wall Award Assessment and attended a days staff training at Glenmore Lodge. Today Dimitri, Lorenzo and I went to the East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn. We decided on this option because of the fast approaching bad weather a little further west and it paid off for us. Dimitri wants to build his confidence in moving on Grade I/II ground prior to his Winter Mountain Leader Training and this ridge fits the bill well. We had quite good visibilty on the walk in without too much snow underfoot. The route itself was plastered in damp fresh snow and caught the odd strong gust as we climbed it. The guys both moved well and the rope we had ready wasn't used by us or the pair of staff from Outward Bound Loch Eil who were also there today. We found heavy rime on the rocks above 900m and some firm windslab on the lee side of the ridge. Topping out onto the plateau-like summt there was a little freezing rain in the air and we pactised some whiteout navigation to safely get ourselves back down again. Today I was working for Alan Kimber.

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