Today we could not have asked for better weather. The cloud slowly cleared to reveal a perfect, untouched snow ridge up to the classic winter traverse of ‘The Black Carls’, Beinn Eighe. Benni & Anna rose well to the challenge of negotiating some spectacular terrain on this, their first ‘winter’ outing in Torridon with nineonesix. Check out the nineonesix gallery for more photos from today. This should be the end of winter guiding for now, but who knows…
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Today Benni and I were to do a traverse of An Teallach, but atrocious
weather conditions decided against it. Instead Benni and Anna decided
they would like to do some navigation practice.We ended up having a
great day and covered all the techniques to help safely tramp the hills
and they still had time for a low level coastal walk in the afternoon.
Mick, nineonesix leader.
Today we stayed in Torridon as it was forecast to get a bit colder overnight. This was the case and our ascent of the corrie headwall to reach Spidean Coire nan Clach required the full repertoire of skills learned yesterday. Because we used a small ratio of 1:3 the group all had the opportunity to consolidate their new skills and look at other techniques they each may require in the future. Well done to everyone!
Watch out for the SYHA Torridon Munros courses for 2010. This will be our third season offering these very popular courses delivered by our summer Mountain Leaders or Moutaineering Instructors. This is a five day course which builds in an extra day to allow for poor weather, a rest(!) or some rock climbing or navigation.
The conditions looked better in The Cairngorms today to our second SYHA Torridon Winter Skills kicked off in The Northern Corries. Victoria, David and Chris went into Coire an t-Sneachda to practice self-arrest and look at route choice. We then headed up to Windy Col where we were treated to a spectacular clearing of the clouds. Down into Coire Cas to end the day with building snow belays and more self-arrest this time with packs on.
The second day of the SYHA Torridon Winter Skills ended with the classic winter traverse of Beinn Alligin. We found good crunchy snow as soon as the first horn was reached, from then on my group travelled very well over the exposed sections on the other two horns. Determination and good spirit was shown as we reached Sgurr Mhor and headed into the clag for Tom na Gruagiach. On the descent of the corrie the visibility improved enough to allow a good glissade of around 300-400m.