A week on the West

For the past 5 days I have been running a Private Course for Trace over on the West Coast. Trace was keen to develop her skills in both mountaineering and climbing so she can take advantage of what Scotland has to offer in winter along with getting some extra training in for her upcoming trip to Peru. On day 1 we made the most of the good weather and climbed School House Ridge, day two was a windy and wild one so we took shelter in Stob Coire Nan Lochan and looked at snowcraft skills. Day 3 saw us heading back up into Stob Corie Nan Lochan where we looked at winter lead climbing skills on Dorsal Arete. Day 4 was forecast to be good a good one so we made the most of it and headed up the Ben and climbed Number 2 Gully Buttress. With a thaw forecast to set in around mid morning for Trace's final day we made an early start and headed up the Ben again in the hope of getting a quick route in before things got too soggy. As we got to the CIC hut it became apparent that the thaw had set in early, lots of fresh avalanche debris about, so it was onto Plan B. We then spent the rest of the day looking at various skills (snowpack analysis, crevasse rescue, emergency shelters & snow anchors) in preparation for Trace's trip to Peru. All in all its been a mixed week weather and conditions wise but Trace's done great and I hope she has a brilliant trip to Peru later this year.