A Load of snow fell on Wednesday night turning the Highlands into a winter wonderland, at last it was time to get stuck into some decent winter weather! The last two days I have been working for West Coast Mountain Guides.

Yesterday I was joined by John and Gavin who were keen to summit Ben Nevis via the CMD. After such a dump of snow and some suspect forecast winds I thought Ledge Route would be a better, more enjoyable outing. Aside from a bit of wading the guys had a great time but started to feel the effects of such hard work. I have to admit I was loving it, I have really missed the physical days winter throws at you but with John and Gavin’s legs starting to tire the summit was forfeit for a more leisurely approach and a descent down the red burn.

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Today I was taking members from the Co. Mayo MRT team through some winter skills and a bit of security on steep ground. This including the use of a rope to aid walking wounded off the hill in an emergency but also a few tips they can use whilst out scrambling with their friends. It was difficult to find suitable ground to practise ice axe braking but made use of Aonach Mor and its Nid Ridge to ensure Mark, Harry, Pat, Odette, Mary and Elaine had a good understanding of winter equipment and its correct use. Of course there’s plenty of snow about in drifts but otherwise a benign day with little wind or precipitation.

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