Based in Aviemore, The Cairngorms, Highlands of Scotland.
Gary Hodgson runs Tarmachan Mountaineering, providing instruction and guided walking all year round. This is my regularly updated blog including the latest snow conditions in winter.
Sunday, 9 March 2014
WINTER SKILLS, AONACH MOR
Good hard snow on The Nid for boot technique
Another cold snow shower
Axe arrests and glissades to the café at Nevis Range
Mike & Mick are with me for 3 days of winter mountain fun. We kicked off today with a nice gondola ride up on Aonach Mor and straight into the snow, and wind but this eased during the day and the cloud also lifted along with the snow showers petering out. We found some good hard snow higher up on The Nid to go through boot and axe technique. Then we were in the cloud and cold wind for cramponing. We decided heading into the strong, cold wind and snow showers wasn't so pleasant so we traversed over to the west and descended back to the cafe with some ice axe arresting and glissading.