Sunday, 10 February 2013

Glen Shiel essential skills

Today was the 1st of 3 for father and son team Julian and George (16).  The aim of the day was to practice those all important skills before embarking onto graded terrain.  Plan A was a quick up lift to Aonach Mor but with high winds we drove into Glen Shiel and picked a coire which looked suitable.  We ended up in Coire a' Chuil Droma Bhig which was very secluded and impressive.  We navigated our way into a great snow patch for some ice axe arresting, cramponing, mixed mountaineering before climbing steeply out of the coire rim.  from here we hand railed up to Maol Chinn-dearg before George did some more navigation back to the car via  Druim Coire nan Eirecheanach.  One of the best parts of my job is exploring new areas, climbing new Munros and making things work in an unfamiliar environment, bringing together all the essential skills to have enjoyable and safe days out in winter.

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