University of Stirling winter skills day 1

students from University of Stirling

The decision to abandon Torridon, due to lack of snow and extreme weather conditions, in favour of the Cairn Gorm, resulted in a successful day for the 19 students of Stirling University Mountaineering Club. We based ourselves in Corrie an t’Sneachda where the students learnt a variety of essential skills for safe travel in the winter mountain environment.  The students were instructed by a nineonesix-guiding team comprising of Dunc Maclennan, Kirsty Chuchla, Nathan White & Ian Stewart.  Ian and Nathan having just returned from a fantastic three day expedition in the Cairngorms with a team of 8 clients from ‘AdventureMalta’.

On Tuesday students of Stirling University’s mountaineering club consolidated the basic skills learnt on the previous day. We then move on to learn some winter belay techniques including bucket seats and buried axe. The students then got the opportunity to construct a snow bollard and abseil from it. The day was based is the spectacular Coire an Lochain where the students experienced some testing winter conditions making the for a very realistic exercise.

Check out the nineonesix-guiding gallery for more photos.

blog by Dunc Maclennan.


8 thoughts on “University of Stirling winter skills day 1

  1. Dunc,

    Thanks to you and your team for 2 days of excellent training in the Gorms. It’s unfortunate that we had to abandon the Northwest, but all the members had a great time and have all felt they benefited greatly from the tuition provided by nineonesix-guiding.

    Hope to be back again soon!



    • Niall,

      thanks for the comments. Dunc, Nathan, Kirsty and Ian all enjoyed working with you again this winter. We are already looking forward to the rock climbing workshops…



  2. An outstanding 2 days worth of training where i learned a lot. First time climbing in Sneachda and Coire An Lochan in 24 years of going to the Gorms. Chomping to get back. I am going to be a probationer teacher next year and will definitely recommend you to anyone looking for training or guiding in the North West or for looking to take a school party to the hills. Best of luck Jim, It was a pleasure working with Iain and your team and I hope to see you again in the North West some time soon !!!

  3. Great training and great fun!! Thanks guys, you do brilliant job!!
    @Ian: I will introduce the “South-African” rappelling method to my friends in Austria!

    KR, Toby

  4. Awesome couple of training days at cairngorm. Excellent teaching and addvice passed on to us all. It was my first true taste of winter mountaineering, and i absolutely loved it! Cheers dunc for all the extra addvice for my ML aswell.
    lynn 🙂

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