Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Wet, windy and warm!

Day 2 with Andrew for Abacus Mountain Guides and it wasn't the most inspiring view this morning as I looked out the window but with the promise of improving weather and snow higher up we headed for Curved ridge. There looked to be very little sign of snow as we drove through the Coe but we persevered, after an hour of walking into the wind, rain and through deep wet snow, we passed the waterslide and it was at this point the wind hit us. The clouds were whipping across Curved ridge and it was decided that we needed a plan b. After much deliberating, Andrew decided he would rather head back than have a very wet day of 'making do'. It did brighten up this afternoon and the freezing level dropped but we really just need a good freeze to firm up the snow and help build the ice. Tomorrow is set to be brighter, so pack your bags, get out and have a good New Year!

Looking up to a very damp North buttress and Rannoch wall.

Monday, 30 December 2013

Start of my season.

So today was my first day of work this season and I was out with Andrew and Sarah for Abacus Mountain Guides. We headed for the North ridge of stob Ban today hoping that the freezing levels had come down as had been forecast to give us some firm snow to use our crampons. We put them on but we were just walking through wet snow right up to the summit. Only here did it feel like things were starting to firm up with the exposed turf frozen and rock dry, so there may well be some climbing to be had on the higher crags if the snow refreezes this evening.

The crags of Stob Ban from the North.

Friday, 13 December 2013

A summer exped in December!

I've been out with a group of 4 students from the Advanced Certificate in Outdoor Learning on an expedition that marks the end of the summer section of their hill skills module. We started from Brae Roy lodge and headed into Luib chonnal Bothy which was going to be our very comfortable home for the night. We headed out for a couple of hours of night nav to return to the fire for some dinner.

Nothing like a fire at the end of the day for some comfort.

Today we headed south past Dog falls and through the Bealach between Beinn Teallach and Beinn a' Chaorainn to finish at Rough burn. We saw very little sign of snow although it was pretty grey with low cloud for most of the time. Looks like it's due to get cold again next week and with some snowfall forecast but it feels more like September that December at the moment.