As many of you will know we have had challenging conditions over the past week or so, and many teams out and about. This winter season is proving now to be an excellent one with large amounts of snow and ice in many locations, and just goes to show “Ne’er cast a cloot till May be oot!”
The West Coast team of associate guides, leaders and instructors have been working hard in the last wee while to keep people safe whilst achieving objectives or at least exceeding their expectations when their objectives are unattainable due to conditions, you hire us first and foremost to keep you safe.
Caspar has been out delivering winter climbing courses in a verity of locations from Stob Corrie nan Lochan to Ben Nevis and at a verity of grades from grade II to IV classics.
James has been out during some of the stormy days working on private winter skills and Munro guiding, this is the best way to learn, practise and develop your skills. Unlike a group of 8 or more 1:1 or 1:2 learning can be tailored to the needs of the individuals and the context of your objectives.
Mike has been leading teams up the Ben in some brilliant weather, and successfully reaching the summit. Not every day or group have been able to summit, due to the avalanche hazards around Red Burn, yes even the Tourist Path up Ben Nevis is at risk of avalanche hazards.
Will has been out on Winter mountaineering and climbing course during large amounts of snow which has taken a little out of the box thinking as to locations and times to avoid the crowds, managing an ascent of Dorsal arete and the East ridge of Beinn a’ Chaorainn.
And Dave has been out almost ever day on a mixture of Mountaineering classics and climbing days. One of his best days out was with his long-term student Keir McEwan, 2 years ago Dave taught Keir to trad lead in Northumberland and last week Keir lead 2 pitches of a winter route, in between this Keir has done several routes with Dave.