Yesterday I was observing Rich who was working for Glenmore Lodge on a Intro to Mountaineering course. Its a novelty working with other Mountaineering Instructors as we mostly work independently and so get very little feedback on what we are providing. Yesterday was great for picking up hints and tips for working in the Cairngorms and getting to know venues the Lodge are using is always useful.
This morning both Dot and I were pretty tired and after allot of snow had fallen on the mountains were not bothered about slogging through knee deep snow. We thought the Douglas Boulder might be a good option and so walked into to the CIC under blue sky’s towards a very snowy looking Ben Nevis.
When Duncan and I climbed Inception last year I noted a couple of potential lines on the same wall. Today the approach required a bit of care as snow was being blown and distributed on Westerly aspects at an alarming rate. We managed to start up a steep chimney but all the cracks were choked with ice and some of the larger blocks rattled a bit too much for comfort! We retreated along with many other teams all commenting on how unstable conditions were higher up the mountain.
Back at the CIC Hut a few eyebrows were raised with teams arriving along the path fully kitted up and roped together….?? Although disappointing not to have climbed a route on such a stunning day, it felt right to be walking away today.