Monday, 23 February 2015

Some winter skills and a team ascent

After returning from the Cairngorms I spent two days with Nicolas, who has some big ambitions and goals for the future. He has never really been on snow before so we spent our two days covering the basics and trying to give him the skills to help him summit Jebel Toubkal in a couple of weeks before he moves onto some higher peaks later in the year. Good luck to him!

The weekend was about team Naar de Top vor Kika and their challenge to summit the Ben. Saturdays forecast was definitely the most promising so we changed our plans and decided to go for the top then. Hannah made her way round the CMD with a group and two of the guys made their own way up Castle ridge whilst I took two up Ledge route. A great effort by all, considering the amount of fresh snow that was around too but the guys were treated to a day of  'Scotland at it's best'.

Yesterdays forecast was far from promising but we had a plan for a quick hit. Saturday turned out to be a huge challenge for most of the group so I was left with three, very much the most experienced of the group with Bart a very competent mountaineer, Edmond, the second Dutch person to summit Everest and Wilko, who has completed the 7 summits without oxygen. It's fair to say we weren't slow, with a quick ascent of the zig zags and back to the car in three and a half hours, which meant we didn't have to put up with the poor weather for too long.


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