Wednesday 24 February 2016

Diary of a human icicle

This week I'm Assessing candidates at Glenmore Lodge for the Mountain Instructors Certificate, the National Governing Body award for teaching all aspects of the skills involved in winter walking, mountaineering and climbing in the UK. This means I get to meet lots of people who have been on a very long journey through the Mountain Training awards spending years building up the necessary personal and teaching/working experience to present for assessment. It also means I spend much of the week standing on snowy ledges watching other people work.
Today I was at Creagan Coire Cha No. I was wearing 7 layers, I consumed a litre of warm blackcurrant cordial. After 4 hours in a warm room I can feel my toes again. It was cold and snowy and rather lovely once the visibility cleared.
 Only 4 layers on at this point
 Looking for a belay
 Abseiling down the line
 Today's 'mug on the move' shot
 Anvil gully
 Under the anvil
 Top of pitch 1
 3rd man up
 Looking across Recovery Gully
 3 happy climbers
 Andy over near the top of Duke's Rib
 Pitch 2
 Swing it like you mean it!
 That was quite snowy!
 Andy's team coming up to join him
Cold but pretty good really!

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