Monday, 26 November 2012

26.11.12 - Stob Ban, North Ridge

Today we took a trip up and along the North Ridge of Stob ban in the Mammores.  On the route good conditions were found, with snow being quite deep (2-3ft in places) and forming some well defined cornices.  The rock was rimed but not to any significant extent and the turf remains unfrozen, insulated by the snow on top. All in all another enjoyable day!

Saturday, 24 November 2012

25.11.2012 Aonach Eagach

Today I set off for a traverse of the Aonach Eagach with some friends to get an idea of any winter conditions that may be lurking in Glencoe.  What we found was that there was a considerable amount of snow, but by no means only powdered up rock, some good quality snow and a lot of rimed up rock witch was quite substantial  All in all a very enjoyable and memorable day out with good friends in good conditions.

SCNL Today

Aonach Eagach ridge today

the Pinnacles of the AE ridge

Protecting the pinnacles 

what a view, descending towards Glencoe 

Sunday, 4 November 2012

04.11.2012 - Polldubh Crags, Glen Nevis

I spent today teaching Colin and Diane gear placement, belay construction  rope work and abseiling at Polldubh Crags, Glen Nevis.  After a in depth look at several different types of active and passive rock protection, Colin and Diane got straight into practise trying to fit just about every piece of pro I own into the various nooks and crannies of Severe Crack and Clapham junction on Pinnacle Ridge! From there we headed to SW buttress where we went through abseil and top roping set up and management before ending the day with a climb up The Gutter (Diff) on Pine Wall Crag. Well done and thank you to Colin and Diane for a cracking day!

Hard at work placing wired Nuts!