Monday, 24 March 2008

21 March - A hill with a view

It was actually a mountain not a hill and when you go up one of these in winter, spring, autumn or summer you are not always guaranteed a view. This time we did and it is amazing to look out and see snow capped peaks in every direction. The group this time were all instructors from the Outdoor Ed team all working towards assessments at various levels. We were also joined by Gordon from Glasgow who we met in the car park and was grateful for the company.

Although I have enjoyed quite a number of winter walks over the past few years this was my first opportunity to get stuck into the winter skills of using ice axe and crampons (we didn't use the crampons in the end as the snow stayed quite soft). The wind was a blustery 60mph on the top of Ben Tuallachain, our only peak of the day, so we didn't hang around there. The descent was made more interesting as we found a good snow slope and practised with the ice axe.

An excellent day out and a good shakedown before the ML course next week. Thanks to all on the trip for the company and tips.

1 comment:

Bill Stephen said...

Looks like a great day out. Good luck with your ML course.