Saturday, 28 February 2009

Winter (apparently) Mountaineering

Today I was working on the 1st day of a 4 day Winter Mountaineering course. We headed up to Aonach Mor and covered basic winter skills - moving on snow and ice with and without crampons, cutting steps, self arresting, avalanche awareness; quick pits, Rutchblocks tests etc and finished off at the cafe after a small journey up to the wee cairn. Tomorrow Paul, Mark and Dave are going to be going out with Karl to cover rope work skills and I'm going to head out with them and shadow and assist. We experienced some rain and very brief snow higher up but nothing substantial and it felt fairly mild.

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