What a stunning day in The Highlands on the shortest day of the year! Emily and Mark wanted some instruction in rope techniques, for tackling some easy mountaineering ridges. We went up into Coire an Lochan in Glencoe and began with some simple snow belays before roping up and moving together along the East ridge of Stob Coire an Lochan. A nice ridge with some rocky outcrops so perfect for this . The snow on the ridge was superb for cramponing. Some excellent neve and hard snow. We had the day to ourselves, saw only 3 people in the distance, 2 of whom were starting up late afternoon in NC Gully, presumably as it is the shortest day and full moonlight. Beautiful clarity of light today, we finished on the summit as the sun was going down, what a cracker of a day, oh, already mentioned that!