Saturday, 10 December 2011


Having a rest and taking in the views aross to The Ben
Cutting steps up to Carn Beag Dearg, Ardgour in the distance
Beautiful snow sculptures in the burn running down to the Allt a' Mhuillin
Will & Tom enjoying great snow above 800m
Will & Tom were out with me today on their first day of  a two day winter skills course. We were treated to a beautiful winters day and excellent snow conditions. There was a good  overnight freeze on the snowpack and above 800m the snow was superb where we went. We headed onto the western slopes of Carn Beag Dearg and covered movement on snow using first just boots, then ice axe  including cutting steps and finally cramponing techniques.  The ground above 900m was really icy and hard on the knees for some axe arresting. The burn that runs down to the Allt a' Mhuillin from CBD always fills well with snow and is a great place to practice cramponing technique. We had beautiful views of the Ben and over to the west there was some lovely atmospheric cloud. 

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