Today Kirsty, Dunc and I took Rob and his thirteen mates up to ‘The Ciste’ to help start his stag weekend celebrations. Not that strange a request as Rob and a few of the others were keen to get out and experience the Scottish winter again! The conditoins certainly didn’t disappoint them. Along with some other teams we found some excellent slopes to practice stepping, stopping a slip and self-arresting a slide. Everyone also learnt how to build a bucket seat and buried axe belay in some rather excellent hard snow. Trying out the South African abseil from a snow bollard also proved to be enjoyable but nothing it appeared could stop some of the group practising self-arrest at every opportunity! Even with rucksacks on at the end of the day. Let’s hope you don’t have to use it for real.
A great day too for the nineonesix-guiding instructors, thanks to Rob and friends for their great ‘Can do’ attitude!
blog by Jim Sutherland, nineonesix-guiding