Wednesday 21 June 2017

Today on the Aonach Eagach

After a busy few days revalidating my First Aid Qualification with BASP at Nevis Range (excellent course as ever- highly practical- well taught and ever interesting) and running both CWA and Foundation Coach Assessments (well done to Laken and Rosalind on the former and Ian and Ella on the latter) today it was back to the mountains.
 Laken improvising to talk about movement
 Jeff on cleaning wounds
 Ian keeping the team engaged
Ella getting them active
Today I was out with Mike, Mark and Alan working for Steven Fallon Mountain Guiding on the Aonach Eagach with Jonty along to gain experience towards his MIA Assessment. Although the general forecasts mentioned a chance of thunder the Met Office's specific forecast was more optimistic for our intended peaks. It turned out to be even nicer than expected. We had a hot and sweaty accent of the east end and made good time over the first Munro of the day and the pinnacles. At the low point of the ridge and after all the scrambling Mike was feeling quite off colour so he opted to descend north to the Kinlochleven Road- at one of the few easy escapes from the ridge- with Jonty. The rest of us summited the second Munro and headed South back to recover the cars before picking the others up. We had a little sun, a little mist and a few spots of rain/light showers- and mostly dry rock! It was only on the return to Fort William that the heavens opened and we heard a little thunder.

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