SYHA Torridon Winter Skills 20th & 21st of March.

approaching Spidean Coire nan Clach

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.

nineonesix – guided walks and scrambles.


Look it’s clearing!

Wow - look at that!

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.

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SYHA Torridon Winter Skills 6th and 7th of March.

walking out after another great day in Torridon

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.

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There are still spaces on the SYHA Torridon Winter Skills on March 20/21 and on the extra April 10/11 course.

For private guiding for the rest of this great winter, spring and summer please visit the nineonesix site to get booked up.

SYHA Torridon Winter Skills 6th and 7th of March.


Kicking steps up/down; self-arrest on back/head first/no axe; cutting steps; moving on snow, rock, ice; bucket seats; buried axe; snow bollards; classic abseil; snowpack; crampons; rock steps, climbing ice steps and all at a 1:4 ratio – no Munro, but tomorrow we are off to Beinn Alligin.

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Winter skills with nineonesix can make you this happy!

One of Stirling University mountaineering club on a recent winter skills weekend.

There are also still spaces on our SYHA Torridon Winter Skills courses – click here to get more information.

If you would prefer to book private guiding with one of our five leaders get in touch with nineonesix here.

With all of this snow and ice there are still great opportunities to use your new skills right up to Easter time!  In fact we have added another SYHA course on the 10th and 11th of April.

Clients are treated as individuals and we listen to what you want to achieve in the mountains, on the crag or on the trail.