Today I was lucky enough to help Jamie safely get to the top of his first winter Munro. In January this year he attended one of our SYHA Winter skills courses run by Kirsty in the Cairngorms. The day stormy days there did not put him off, in fact it fired Jamie up to do a winter Munro this season.
So today we headed into Coire an Laoigh of Beinn Eighe to put all the avalanche awareness, route-finding and cramponing together in the ascent. After a bit of fun chopping through the cornice Jamie and I were quickly on the summit ridge and used the well beaten trench to get up to 993m for a tremenmdous view of all of the surrounding peaks, corries and lochs.
Rather than descending more snow slopes we took the Stuic a Coire an Laoigh which gave Jamie the chance to use his crampons on a variety of terrain. A short section of down climbing led us to an excellent spot at which to look at snow belays before heading back round into the sun for our final descent.
With the amount of snow cover we have in the Highlands at present there should be plenty opportunity for Jamie to bag one, or two more winter Munros.
blog by Jim