Today Nathan came across so we split into three teams. Based on our local knowledge we visited two separate locations: Coire Dubh Mor of Liathach and the east end of Beinn Eighe. Nathan’s team climbed ‘Way Up’ as two pairs, building their own belays and generally becoming more independent winter climbers. Once again glissades were in order with a swift descent off the south side of Liathach. More details later from Nathan.
Jim and Ian wanted to get away from the forecast westerlies so their two teams headed up from the SNH visitor centre to the wonderfully open wildness of Leathad Buidhe, Beinn Eighe. There we found some snow slopes which were ideal for building bucket seats, buried axe belays and belaying one another on open snow slopes. After lunch we headed onto some steeper ground on that ‘big triangular face’ above Kinlochewe. All of the students then had the satisfaction of abseiling back down from a snow bollard they had built themselves before heading for home.
Nathan, Ian and Jim thoroughly enjoyed instructing everyone on the first, but hopefully, not the last Cambridge University mountaineering weekend. A big thanks to Steven at Cambridge University for making this weekend happen.
Finally we would all like to wish James, Elena, Tom, Adam, Ursula, Mindy, Valeria, James, Vidya and Aiora well in their future studies, projects and of course – mountaineering!
PS. It is still not too late to arrange some superb winter climbing on Ben Nevis with one of our MICs.