Wintery conditions arrived just in time to make this weekend exactly the tough mountaineering experiecne it was cracked up to be. Fun mountaineering, moderately technical terrain, great training & company but with robust wintery weather giving the ideal rosy cheeked winter mountain training experience.
Warm temperatures and good weather have reached even the West Highlands and whislt snow cover remains extensive high on the north face of Ben Nevis, most other locations are losing their cover fast. Pete, Nick & Ken enjoyed an excellent weekend of mountaineering and alpine training in Glencoe & Ben Nevis, climbing Curved Ridge & Ledge Route. A brilliant contrast of dry rocky scrambling in Glencoe and mixed snowy alpine conditions on 'The Ben'.
A very enjoyable week in the Western Highlands with good remaining snow cover and great spring weather. Martin and our Mattehorn training team have been enjoying some excellent spring / winter climbing on Dorsal Arete in Stob Coire Nan Lochain, Glencoe and the mighty alpine Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis Today.
Good winter conditions continue in the West Highlands with several weeks now of the holy grail of cold & clear conditions with plenty of snow in the mountains. Our Alpine training team enjoyed 2 brilliant clear days out doing intro winter mountaineering training with Dave. Both Aonach Mor and Stob Coire Nan Lochain provided great venues for skills training as part of a journey to reach a summit. Here is some feedback from George about the weekend:
Despite some cool & wet West Coast weather, Micheal & Andy enjoyed an action packed weekend of alpine training which was quite challenging from both a physical & cerebral point of view!
To quote Andy, the weather was "invigorating!"
Here is a summary of an action packed alpine training weekend, from the Guide, Andy....
A couple of classic spring days in the Scottish Highlands gave Marc & John some superb alpine training high on the North Face of Ben Nevis. They even got a bit of 'alpine hut training', staying in one of the UK's few equivalents - the famous C.I.C. Hut, although, as there were no other teams in the hut there was no training in the essenital alpine skill of ifnoring other teams snoring, shuffling, wandering about and general bag rustling!
We discuss many mountaineering projects with guests wanting to climb in the Alps in summer and who can see the massive benefits of pre-alpine training courses in winter & spring in the Scottish Highlands. The conditions here often create a tough and exacting environment even for climbing some of the simple 'Munto' summits. Add some quality relevant mountaineering training and a progression of tackling slightly more technical routes and the benefits are obvious & huge.
The Scottish Highlands and in particular, the West Highlands are currently experiencing the winter climbers holy grail of sustained cold temperatures with stable weather following a period of melt freeze following a period of high snowfall. Lots of ice and lots of stable snow with blud skies above. Perfick!
The heavy snowfalls and wild weather conditions across the Highlands over the last few weeks have truly reaped dividends for the winter mountaineer & even ski touring enthusiasts. Many quality ice lines have been climbed on 'The Ben' in the last few days including some highly prized and rarely climbed lines like Shield Direct & Gemini.
Point Five and Hadrians Wall have been in good condition also along with many of the other classic ice & buttress routes.
High Mountain Guides will be running the full compliment of mountaineering courses in the Scottish Highlands this coming winter season. From introductory training with ice-axe and crampons to technical winter climbing, we will be providing high quality bespoke courses for small groups and individuals. All courses are based in Fort William and will be starting between Christmas and New Year so why not blow the cobwebs away, get out into the snow clad hills and kick start 2015 with some fantastic winter mountaineering experiences. More details on Scottish winter mountaineering courses.