Friday, 28 September 2012

Incident management in Glen Coe

Out with the Third years today having a look at dealing with incidents out on the hill, we looked at some more 'simple' problems and worked our way through to more challenging incidents. Looking at how the group might deal with the casualty and the rest of the group. We made good time and covered all of the topics we needed to and had a look at improvised carries on the summit of Stob Coire Raineach on Bauchaille Etive Beag. A blustery day with heavy showers passing through but some nice patches of sunshine too. 
Looking West down Glen Coe to Loch Linnhe.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

1st year expedition in the Mamores

I've been out with a group of 6 from the first year of the UHI Adventure and Tourism Management degree for the last two days. Yesterday we set off from Lower falls in Glen Nevis and made our way up to Mullach nan Coirean and along the Mamore ridge East to camp by the lochain just after Stob Ban. Today started a little brighter but it wasn't long before the cloud came in and it started to drizzle. We carried on East and took in Am Bodach, before we headed North to enjoy the great scrambling on the way up to An Gearanach and down into Steall. A good couple of days out with a nice bunch of lads.

The end of the scrambling on An Gearanach.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

A snowy surprise!

I was working a 3 Peaks again at the weekend for Maximum Adventure and thankfully we were finished before the weather turned on Snowdon. The best part of the weekend was turning the corner at 1200m on the Ben to see the last rise and up was covered in snow. Not only snow but good firm neve and bathed in sunshine, which put a smile on my face . My first steps on Scottish snow this season but a long way to go yet.

Indicator wall and the summit from the top of Gardyloo buttress.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Sunshine and dry rock.

Out with the second half of the first years from UHI today and working with Al. More of the same from yesterday with a bit of multi-pitch thrown in too. it was dry all day and when the sun was out it was very warm. Lots of people out enjoying the weather.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

A day of two halves.

Working with the first years on the Outdoor Tourism degree today and it was the first climbing day on the course for them all. With a group of mixed abilities and a mixed forecast Jo, Al and myself took the group to the Ice factor to cover the key skills of belaying and tying in. For some this was not a problem as they already had their first trad leads under their belt or were very close to it.
Al and Jo stayed in the dry and I took a team of 5 back to Glen Nevis were we covered placing gear, building anchors and for a couple of guys, one who is working towards a CWA ass and one who already has his SPA we looked at rescues. Same again tomorrow with the other half of the year but it should be dry tomorrow.
James being 'very' supportive of  Mark during his rescue.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

A busy week away from home.

It's been a while but I've not been at home much this last week so here is a quick catch up. Last weekend I was working a 3 Peaks challenge for Maximum Adventure with Andy and a group of 17, some of the group were successful but unfortunately due to injuries a couple were unable to finish all three peaks.
Travelling North after that I spent the night in Glasgow and got home Monday afternoon in time to pack my bags before I headed down to Lochgoilhead in Argyll to work at Ardroy where I started my outdoor career for a couple of days. It's good to see this centre has managed to reopen after being closed by Fife Council last year and business is going well for them.
Back home Thursday night for a day out with the first years on the Adventure and Tourism degree on Friday. We spent the day just North of Kinlochleven looking at Navigation which for some of the group was a new skill but all did well even in the windy and squally conditions we had.
A rainbow over the West Highland way on Friday.
Yesterday I was working for West Coast Mountain Guides on the Ben along with a number of others on a Marie Curie charity walk which was a great success with all 91 participants completing the day and in time for me to get home for tea. A well deserved physical rest today but I have spent the day sat in front of the computer and my mind is starting to melt a bit.  

Sunday, 2 September 2012

A wet weekend on the Ben.

On Saturday I was working with Dan for West Coast Mountain guides on the Ben track with a group of twenty-two raising money for Sheffield's Children Hospital. It started off drier than we were expecting but it didn't take long before the real rain arrived. Everyone did well considering the conditions and all were entertained by the sight of the Ben runners 'throwing' themselves down the hill.

Today I was joined by Johann and the plan was to take Pete, Dave, Mike and Jake up Tower ridge for Pete's 26th Birthday. With the winds from yesterday having eased off we headed on up in the dry but again it wasn't long before the rain arrived and stayed unfortunately. It wasn't the best day for the guys to truly appreciate Tower ridge but they all still had fun and finished it with a dram on top.

Not a bad way to spend your Birthday.