Saturday, 29 March 2014
Last week I was working down in Northumberland and The Lake District for Silverdale School. Their staff and I visited a variety of venues concentrating mainly on gorge scrambling and canyoning techniques. Linhope Beck, Ash Gill and Stoney Croft were the main events, all really enjoyable and ideal for looking at specific skills. Working in new venues is always challenging,fascinating and certainly keeps one on my toes. I head to Alnwick next week to run a coasteering skills course in another new venue I haven't worked at or coasteered on. I also ran staff training out at Tavool House Outdoor Centre on Friday, so a new season begins.
Tuesday, 25 March 2014
Winter Walking Skills, Mountaineering Techniques, Leadership Training and Climbing Guiding over last few days with Hebridean Pursuits.
A very busy few days out on the hills for Hebridean Pursuits. We have been running a mixture of courses. The weather has settled down at last and we have had some glorious days of sunshine and cooler temperatures. Our clients have have been out bagging Munros, Corbetts and Grahams. Others have been climbing routes and mountaineering and of course learning about the techniques required to do the above safely. Heavy snow fall has made tough going on the Dragons Tooth, School House Ridge, the Hill of fury, Stob Coire an Lochan and in The Mamores. But it does mean the season will extend nicely into late spring and for skiing perhaps beyond. We are open for winter courses and spring climbing snow and ice courses.
Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Today was pretty wild even at modest altitudes. A plan to stay low made a huge difference to the enjoyment of summit bagging today. Often heading for Grahams or Corbetts make for a much more pleasant experience as the tops are normally just below the weather and cloud line. This proved to be the case. At a modest 652m the Grassy pasture hill was a fine choice. It's craggy summit being defined and giving excellent views of The Crianlarich Hills.
Tuesday, 18 March 2014
A busy four days working on the hills. Winter Mountaineering, Simplifying Winter Rope Work and Corbett bagging.
Hebridean Pursuits. We shall run winter skills and mountaineering courses all the way through to the late spring or until the snow runs out. There is so much snow that we maybe running courses in June so why not get in touch and have a chat about your personal ambitions in the Scottish Hills.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Here at Hebridean Pursuits we have had a change of scene over the last few days on the east coast of Scotland being based at sea level. We have been facilitating a Coasteering
Friday, 7 March 2014
A contrasting 3 days at work on the rock and snow, at sea level and on the summits. Wild conditions continue and some very large avalanches have been triggered and witnessed. The snow is consolidating and the recent warm front has cleared a little of the depth. It is shaping up to be a brilliant spring for climbing and mountaineering.
Monday, 3 March 2014
It was with excitement I received these funky looking sunglasses from Salomon to wear and review. Being designed for both summer and winter use I was keen to grab a day wearing them in both the sun and snow. On opening the esthetic minimal box the glasses looked very slick. The come with a cleaning bag, but no hard case, which for their price is a little disappointing. However often hard cases are bulky and take allot of room up in backpacks. pretavoir in Glasgow for a huge range of Salomon products.
Sunday, 2 March 2014
It was probably the best day of the winter on the west coast on Saturday. It was dry, relatively cold and very beautiful in the mountains. Finding quiet places is the key I feel to enhancing the experience of winter mountaineering. As I write this blog I am conscious of the many blogs offering easy and quick solutions to the dylema of where to go the next day. I am as guilty as charged but looking back before all the instant information, we had to decide and plan based on experience and local knowledge. This is the essence of the quest of the unique experience, I adore searching out esoteric places, historic routes and the quieter corners. There is of course the flip side that meeting up with others confirms your route choice was perhaps sensible?