Saturday, 21 January 2017


The team on crampons

Step cutting in the sun

Axe arresting

Crampons on

Self belay

Plenty of snow


Glisade down

Cotswold Outdoor Store in Livingston have been coming out on a winter course with me over the last 3 seasons now. I have a great working partnership with Chris, the store supervisor, who brings out a group of customers and staff  for me on various mountain skills courses throughout the year. We always have different weather and conditions. The last couple of years we have had some breezy days but today it was  beautiful clear skies and just a gentle Cairngorm breeze. The temperatures well below freezing last night, the snow pack once again frozen solid. Plenty of snow for us to play on in Coire an Lochain. Today we focused on core basic snow craft skills. Boot placement, step cutting and lots of wonderful cramponing. We finished off the day with some icy sliding (ice axe arresting). There are some serious, rocky run outs at the moment so careful choice of where to practice this is essential. You can easily get some very fast speeds on 20 degree snow slopes. A great day to be out. Much colder than yesterday with the cold wind blowing.

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