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.

Skiing at Hillend

It was beautiful today at Midlothian Ski Centre in the Pentland Hills where I was teaching skiing. This season I will be writing reports from next month onwards from ski touring days both in Scotland and the Alps. The first of these will hopefully be soon as it looks like the conditions may not be far away.

The view today from the Pentlands.

The view today from the Pentlands.

Pentlands Navigation

On Saturday and Sunday I was out in the Pentland Hills delivering navigation courses for Edinburgh Council Adult Education. The weather was relatively kind with just the odd shower and some fairly strong winds on the tops on Sunday.

The Saturday Group enjoying a lunch break in the Pentlands

The Saturday Group enjoying a lunch break in the Pentlands

The participants were keen to learn, which made for a very good and enjoyable two days.

Lowland Leader Award Assessment

For the past couple of days I have been out on a Lowland Leader Award assessment. The first day was spent in the Carron Valley and the second in the Pentland Hills. Congratulations to all the candidates for their efforts over the past two days.

The course was organised by the Outdoor Activitites department of Falkirk Community Trust. Check out their website for more course dates.

Carron Valley Reservoir.

Carron Valley Reservoir.

Pentlands Navigation

I was out yesterday in the Pentlands running a Navigation Course for Ramblers Scotland. The group were enthusiastic and asked lots of questions, which made for a great course.

The group on top of Caerketton Hill

The team on top of Caerketton Hill

The winds were Easterly and cool, but there was no rain and the hills were drier away from the paths than I’d expected.

Pentlands Navigation

Yesterday Glenn & I were out in the Pentlands with a group from the Quickdraw Club looking at navigation and orienteering. We made use of the orienteering course at Hillend before taking in Caerketton and Allermuir Hills.

A view of Arthur's Seat from the Pentlands

A view of Arthur’s Seat from the Pentlands

The weather remained fine all day with light Westerly winds and great views. The group were excellent and put in to practice the skills learnt in a classroom session with Glenn on Friday.

Pentlands Navigation Course

I was out today in the Pentlands with a group from the Edinburgh Council Adult Education Programme. We were looking Navigation for Hillwalking. We used the area just South and West of the ski area, which has some excellent featured ground for looking at contour interpretation and managed to take in the tops of Caerketton and Allermuir Hills as well.

Descending at dusk with Arthur's Seat in the distance

Descending from the Pentlands with Arthur’s Seat in the distance

No rain during the day, broken cloud above the summits and only light winds. The ground is saturated, but paths and tracks weren’t too muddy.

Pentlands

Euan, Craig and I were out in the Pentlands today with an excellent group of young people from Falkirk and their leaders. We were looking at the navigation the group will need for their Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition.

Diane with the very green Caerketton Hill behind

Diane with the very green Caerketton Hill behind

The weather us kind to us and we avoided the heavy showers that were around whilst we were out on the hill. The ground was pretty dry underfoot, given the recent downpours, with just the odd muddy section on paths and tracks.

Fittingly, great views to Edinburgh today

Fittingly, great views to Edinburgh today

Pentlands Navigation Course

Today I was out in the Pentlands delivering a navigation course for the City of Edinburgh Council. The hills and paths were pleasantly dry given the quantities of rain these hills have received over the last few months. The day was mostly sunny with one graupel shower on a fresh and cool Westerly wind. Great views to some higher hills including the Ochils, with a dusting of snow on the higher tops; the Ben Vorlich area, Ben Ledi and Ben Lomond all of which were looking white with snow. A very pleasant day with a group who picked up the skills well. No camera today, so no photos I’m afraid.

The next three days I should be in the Ben Nevis area, but will probably only be able to post a conditions report when I’m back on Wednesday night.

Pentlands GPS Refresher

Euan, Davy Virdee of MountainActive (http://www.mountainactive.co.uk/index.php) and I were out in the Pentlands today doing a refresher day on the use of GPS. A good day with all of us learning some new skills.

Reservoir Dogs?

Reservoir Dogs?

Sunshine today and a cold Westerly wind. The frost remained all day in shaded areas and even at around the 400m height the turf was firming up where not exposed to the sun.

Disagreement over the location of the summit of Capelaw Hill

Disagreement over the location of the summit of Capelaw Hill