Today I have been running day 1 of a 2 day Introduction to Winter Skills course for The Ice Factor. We headed up into Coire nan Lochan, Glencoe looking at safe movement through the mountains and use of the equipment carried. The temperature was no where near freezing, and the snow and ice appeared to be thawing and the buttresses were very black. I saw multiple teams on Doral Arete, which would be a suitable choice in these thawing conditions. Tomorrow we are going to head up into the Mamores for a journey and hopefully help the group get their first winter Munroe.