Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Short roping workshop on Aonach Mor

Yesterday I was on an Association of Mountaineering Instructors CPD day being run by Tim Blakemore. The six of us plus Tim made our way up round the Nid and spent the day looking at making our short rope techniques slicker and learning a few new tricks. It's always good to be out with peers too and to see and hear about the way they do things as we all tend to spend most of our time working alone.

The freezing level did rise yesterday but it was much drier than had been forecast so the snow and ice was showing very little sign of thawing. The freezing level has dropped again this morning and snow is forecast for the next couple of days. What Ice there is should stay in good condition and the mixed routes should be an option when the snow arrives as the ground is still frozen solid above 700m.

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