For the last few days, Gwilym has been with 2 clients, Mark and Paul for a Winter Mountaineering course. With the first day on snow looking at belays and other snowcraft the second day was Drytooling to look at movement with crampons and axes on steep rock. The third and final day was a mountaineering route (Golden Oldy) looking at moving together as well as other mountaineering skills.
Over the last 3 days, Gwilym has been in the mountains with Jamie, Juliet and Keiran. They had a day in Coire an T’Sneacha, a trip up and over Cairngorm and some snow belay skills in Coire Na Ciste.
A real mix of weather and lots of different skills covered
A few pictures from this weeks Winter Skills and Mountaineering course. James, Ben, Tim and Robin all travelled up from Somerset for some fun in the snow. They had a day in Coire an T’Sneachda, a trip up Carn Ban Mor to Sgor Gaoith and some mountaineering up the East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn.
We don’t have any clients until next week but Gwilym is already up in The Scottish Highlands enjoying the conditions and preparing for all of our Winter Skills courses.
A few pictures of what he has been up to when out and about
Our third and final (for this year) Winter Skills course finished today with awesome views over the Cairngorm Plateau. Over the last 3 days, Gwilym took clients Wayne and Andy into Ciste Gully to learn snow pack, ice axe arrest, foot work and emergency shelters, up to Carn Ban Mor for some navigation practice and fianlly today a circuit onto Cairngorm with stunning views.
Yesterday and today, Gwilym has been running a 1:1 skills course for Leon. Yesterday was spent in the relative shelter of Corrie an T'Sneachda looking at crampon, axe and snow skills. Today, they braved the biting cold and summitted Cairngorm (Scotland's 6th highest mountain) concentrating on safe travel techniques and poor visibility navigation.
This weekend, Gwilym has been running a Winter Skills course in The Cairngorms for clients Matt and Jamie. The first day was spent in one of the corries sheltering from the wind looking at using axes, crampons and precise foot work. The second day saw lighter winds and a journey onto the plateau to look at navigation, safe travel and shelters.
Today with more high winds forecast Beth and Gwilym headed into T'Sneachda to look at emergency shelters, crampon work and the all important avalanche awareness. They actually sat in the shelters to have lunch and they worked really well. On coming out the wind had picked up and there was a lot of snow moving about so they navigated out along with a lot of other people leaving the corie. The van was rocking at the car park as the wind was picking up.
Today Gwilym took Beth back out into the mountains and they climbed Fiacaill Ridge before navigation around the corrie rim and up onto Cairn Gorm where the weather cleared to give amazing views.
Today Gwilym was out in Coire An T'Sneacha with Beth who is on our Long Term Development Scheme looking at "winterising" her summer skills. Navigation, Footwork, Decision Making, Ice Axe use and arrest were all looked at including the all important Avalanche awareness throughout the day.
A fair bit of snow loss from yesterday (including all the ice form the "flat ice" area) and some debris as a result of some bits of cornice falling off in the Mess of Pottage area.
Gwilym and Jake wandered into Core An T'Sneachda today to see what remained after the thaw. There is still plenty of snow around for our Winter Skills course starting tomorrow but the buttresses are black and the gullies dripping so climbing will be difficult. There was a team on Goat Track Gully but that seemed to be it.