Monday 20 January 2014

MIC Training day 1

This week I'm back at Glenmore Lodge working on an MIC Training Course. After arriving at the Lodge to see most people looking like half drowned rats yesterday it was a pleasure to have sun, light winds and dry snow today. We headed towards Coire Laogh Mor discussing structuring winter skills instruction and the technical aspects of the techniques involved before moving on to look at snow anchors and there use in climbing contexts and how to teach this. As well as all this there was an overarching picture of the snow conditions and how we can communicate that effectively to students.
The climbers from The Lodge climbed Original Summer Route and Pateys (the latter doesn't just sound in 'mint' condition) and others were spotted on Invernookie and in Fiacaill Couloir (sounds very full but not of the best snow perhaps at the top).
On another note my mate Rich has just had an article published on UKClimbing on our trip to Afghanistan last summer.
 Discussing underfoot conditions
 Pete Hill on a Winter ML Training course
 Bill Strachan probing knowledge
 Al Gilmour on snow anchors
Phil Sanderson on the snowpack

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