Sunday, 13 February 2011

Avalanche awareness on Aonach Mor.

Today I was running an Avalanche awareness course for Abacus Mountaineering as part of the Fort William Mountain Festival. It turned out to be a good day for it with a lot of fresh snow over night and more falling during the day meaning we had a lot of things to look at. I headed on up by the quad chair and across to the Nid just below the summit and then back down to the cafe for a debrief. We spent a lot of the day looking at the snow pack and using a number of techniques to access what was happening under our feet and even looked at using some methods of safe travel.

There is a lot of fresh snow on the hills in the Lochaber area and careful route choice and keeping an eye open when your out and about is essential. I did hear voices from the East face but saw nothing of the climbs because of the conditions.

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