Pentlands Navigation

I was out this morning in the Pentland Hills delivering the third of a four session navigation course for The City of Edinburgh Council Adult Education. These local hills are excellent for navigation practice within easy access of the city by car or public transport. The format of this navigation course over four weeks allows time for consolidation of skills and seems to work well.

Typical Pentlands view. It isn’t from today as I forgot to get the camera out.

Navigation

I was out today in the Dalmeny Estate delivering the second day of a navigation course for The City of Edinburgh Council Adult Education. This course runs for one session a week for four weeks, which works well giving plenty of time for consolidation of skills.

The group navigating on one of the good tracks within the Dalmeny Estate.

Navigation Course The Pentlands

Glorious weather in The Pentlands today for delivering a City of Edinburgh Council Adult Education Navigation Course. Navigation progressed through the day finishing with legs through open hill country away from paths. The ground was generally dry and there was sunshine most of the day and a light breeze.

Some of the team using maps and compasses away from paths.

The Pentlands

On Saturday and Sunday I was delivering navigation courses for The City of Edinburgh Council Adult Education. Both days were well attended with the participants being keen to get to grips with navigation or refresh existing knowledge, which made for two great days.

Arthur's Seat from the Pentlands (note this photo isn't from the weekend as I forgot to take pictures).

Arthur’s Seat from the Pentlands (note this photo isn’t from the weekend as I forgot to take pictures).

The weather was kind with only the odd very light shower on Saturday and cool winds on both days. The hills in this part of Scotland are still very dry for the time of year, which made for very pleasant walking both on and off paths.

Cairngorms and Glencoe

Yesterday the team and I travelled from Ballachulish to the Cairngorms in search of dry weather. We were rewarded with a beautiful day and evening. Throughout the day we visited; Coire an-t Sneachda, the Goat Track, Coire Domhain, Feith Buidhe and Cairn Lochan.

Wherever we encountered snow it was firm and crampons were required on all steeper sections.

Today the rain was torrential on the west coast. We visited Glencoe ski centre and spent the day doing avalanche rescue techniques. The snow was disappearing fast.

The team in Coire Domhain.

The team in Coire Domhain.

Aonach Mor

The team and I were out today on Aonach Mor. After completing a micro navigation session on the plateau we descended the Nid Ridge. At a safe point we built snow bollards and practised abseiling.

The snow on the surface was soft and heavy. However, there is an icy layer underneath and crampons were essential. Cornices were visible at points on the ridge.

Abseiling on a snow bollard reinforced with shovels.

Abseiling off a snow bollard reinforced with shovels.

Pentlands Navigation

I was out in the Pentlands this evening with Alan, Lorn and Paul looking at hill navigation. We started from the Ranger Centre near the Flotterstone and headed around the Castle Law and Fala Knowe area with a fair bit of time off the paths looking at bearings and pacing.

Turnhouse Hill at dusk this evening.

Carnethy and Turnhouse Hills at dusk this evening.

It was a beautiful evening with a cool breeze. The Pentland Hills are pretty dry at the moment, but there are still some boggy spots off the paths.

Navigation Course in the Pentlands

Today I was delivering a hill walking navigation course in the Pentlands for The City of Edinburgh Council Adult Education. The course went well with lots of new skills being acquired.

Typical Pentland conditions. Photo not from today as I forgot my camera.

Typical Pentland conditions. Photo not from today as I forgot my camera.

The Pentlands are relatively dry for the time of year with underfoot conditions being pretty good both on and off paths. It was warm in the sunshine, but cool in the shade or the wind, with the odd flake of snow falling at times.

Pentlands Navigation

I’ve been in the Pentland Hills today running a navigation course for The City of Edinburgh Council Community Learning. We were lucky enough to have excellent dry and sunny weather. The group was well motivated to get to grips with navigation skills, which made for a very enjoyable day.

The Pentlands are pretty dry for the time of year with generally good underfoot conditions both on and off paths.

Four Days and a One Night Exped

For the past four days I have been based in Ballachulish. On Monday the team and I completed a winter skills session at the Glencoe ski centre. The cover for skiing is currently excellent.

We went to Aonach Mor on Tuesday to complete a micro navigation session on the plateau in winds gusting up to 60mph and whiteout conditions. These conditions were perfect for what we wanted to achieve. The snow cover in the ski area was good although the plateau was mostly bare nice.

For the past two days we have been snowholing in the Creag Meagaidh massif climbing Na Cnapanan, Meall an t-Snaim and Carn Liath. The cover on the ridges of the massif is currently excellent for ski touring. There was two large avalanches in Coire Ardair either during last night or early this morning.

The Buachaille on Monday.

The Buachaille on Monday.

Nearing the summit of Carn Liath.

Nearing the summit of Carn Liath.