SCNL, Glencoe – Mountaineering

Great day yesterday in the sun up in Lochan looking over mountaineering snow skills and anchors.  Soft snow in the Coire but firm icy snow on the west ridge, we looked over various skils including ice axe arrest, using and axe to climb, snow seats, buried axe belays and snow bollards as well as digging a snow pit to talk over avalanche considerations.

Some routes climbed, Dorsal, Ordinary route in parts, Scabbard Chimney…  Loads of evidence of cornice collapse across the Coire and the cornice on NC Gully has come off.

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Mark Rock Climbing Course

‘Having spend three days in the mountains with Paddy I’ve got to say he’s the best guide I’ve ever worked with. Everything was pitched perfectly for my individual level - the choice of climbs, the balance between learning and mileage on the crag, all suited my level of experience. In three days I went from never having climbed trad to leading VD, seconding HVS+ and ticking off a classic mountain route, all thanks to Paddy’s professionalism and enthusiasm. Can’t wait to get out there again!’