There was a strong West Coast Mountain Guides presence on School House Ridge in Glencoe today, with Niels, Caspar and myself with our respective teams making the most of the quick access and straight forward descent that the route offers. There’s an amazing amount of snow on the ridge at the moment, and in places, it has consolidated well, offering solid, first time axe placements.
Meanwile, further up Glencoe, Mike was out with Sammie on North Buttress on Buachaille Etive Mor. Strong winds and spindrift were again, a theme of the day, but the pair made steady progress up the route, before abseiling back down the line. It’s a great option in stormy weather or when there’s far too much snow up high, or in this case, both.
Also in Glencoe, Hannah spent day 4 with her budding mountaineers on Beinn a Chrulaiste. Their main focus was putting all their taught navigation skills from yesterday into practice; pacing and walking on bearings to the summit in fine style. Along the way they also found some short fun steps of ice to test their front pointing and also an ideal sheltered spot for a bit if ice axe arrest practice. Henry was also on Beinn a’Chrulaiste, and climbed the Pink Rib with the Wolf Family. It was a day of tough conditions for everyone, but there’s no better environment in which to learn and be tested in!