Glencoe Ski Centre

Today we visited Glencoe Ski centre. We spent the day looking at avalanche rescue techniques and snow anchors.

A number of pistes were open today and from a distance the skiing looked good.

Buachaille Etive Mor.

Buachaille Etive Mor this morning.

Glencoe Ski Centre

Yesterday I was at Glencoe ski centre. Here we spent time looking at snow anchors, holding falls and understanding snow profiles.

There was still a good volume of snow for skills courses. The centre was closed for skiing.

Holding lead falls using a body belay and snow anchor.

Holding lead falls using a body belay and snow anchor.

Snow Anchors

The team and I visited Glencoe today and spent time looking at snow anchors and holding falls on body belays. The snow has softened today with lasts nights rain and todays warmer temperatures.

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Winter Mountain Leader

This week I am instructing on a Winter Mountain Leader course. Yesterday we were at the White Corries looking at the teaching of winter skills. Today we were on the Nid at Aonach Mor looking at managing groups on steep ground and snow anchors.

Lots of snow remains in the high corries and gullies. However, a refreeze is now required to bring the majority of routes back into condition with rockfall currently an issue.

Using stompers on the Nid.

Using stompers on the Nid.

Zig Zags, Glencoe

I have been back out today in Glencoe. We made an ascent of the Zig Zags on Gearr Aonach. The first ‘zig’ did not require axe and crampons but they were useful after this.

We continued along the ridge before using a steep gully line to look at snow anchors. The day was finished by traversing into Stob Coire nan Lochan and descending back to the bus.

The snow was wet and heavy at all levels. During the day there was a mixture of snow, rain and sleet at all levels. The buttresses of SCNL are very white.

Percy trusting the rope while being lowered on a stomper belay.

Percy trusting the rope while being lowered on a stomper belay.

Buachaille Etive Mor

A very snowy Buachaille.

A very snowy Buachaille.

I have been out today on the Buachaille in Glencoe with a team looking at snow anchors and avalanche search techniques. We carefully worked up to around 500 metres in Coire na Tulaich hugging the west ridge before finding a good safe area to practise these skills.

There has been large amounts of new snow and avalanche activity in Glencoe over the last couple of days. Careful route choice is required.