Saturday, 20 March 2010

COIRE AN LOCHAN PART TWO

I was back to Glencoe and Stob Coire an Lochan again today with a group on a winter skills. It was again very quiet in The Coe despite it being a lovely day. The sun shone at times and cloud was off the tops. Much lighter winds and the freezing level had dropped. We went up the East ridge of Stob Coire an Lochan after some practice with footwork and using the ice axe. We also did some axe arresting. The ridges and corries are still well covered in snow despite the warmish period we've had recently. We reached the summit at 4pm in beautiful March sun light. We're off on the CMD arete tomorrow.

4 comments:

Emily said...

We had an amazing weekend with Gary in Scotland, we learned loads of essential skills and had great fun. The conditions were not great, but it did not dampen the day. Gary is a fantastic guide, I'm going back next year.

Gary said...

Hi Emily
Thanks for your comments, I'm pleased you enjoyed it. It was great fun with you guys. Pleasure to take you out again next year.

Nick Stewart said...

Cheers Gary, I had a really good day learning winter skills and preparing for the CMD Arete and Ben Nevis climb from the North Face. Was really pleased that you and Ian as our guides managed to balance professionalism, safety and fun all the way without all the tiresome macho attitudes that you can sometimes find in mountaineering companies!

Ryan said...

What a valuable day! Having had mountain experience I thought the winter skills day might be a little dull, but I was so wrong! Every 5 minutes we were taught a new skill to make life easier/safer/more enjoyable. The summit and views were an added bonus to a stellar first day in the Scottish Highlands.