I was out today in the Pentland Hills delivering a navigation course for The City of Edinburgh Council Adult Education.
There were patches of residual snow in sheltered areas at height in the northern Pentlands. The ground is very wet at the moment and paths in the area are muddy. We stayed low to avoid a cold south-east to south-west wind. Wilf.
After a few days down in Derbyshire I was out today in the Pentland Hills running a navigation course for The City of Edinburgh Council Adult Education. The weather was relatively kind to us staying largely dry with just the odd wintry shower, but with a fresh south-west to southerly wind.
There was a dusting of snow high on the hills this morning and it was snowing at the ski centre when we finished the course. Thanks to all on the course for keeping enthusiastic in the cold.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.