Monday, 24 January 2011

Soggy day on Aonach Mor

Matt enjoying a steep step

The thaw is continuing on the west coast of Scotland but there's still plenty of snow to play with. This week I'm working on a mountaineering course for Adventure Peaks. For day one we headed up to Aonach Mor to introduce using ice axe and crampons. The area around the Nid Ridge gave us snow, ice and rock to look at footwork, step cutting, ice axe arrest and crampon technique. A good solid foundation on which to build for the rest of the week as we venture on to steeper terrain.
Down in the car park we met one team who'd made a quick ascent of Tower Ridge on the Ben but not much else to report with the current warm conditions.

Getting up close and personal with a cornice!