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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.