Skye in July in a brief weather window. Summer has been fairly grim so far but we have had some nice days.
April turned out quiet nice, there was plenty of snow about to climb and Ski on. The weather improved for a few weeks and work quietened down a bit as it usually does at the end of the normal winter season. Here are a couple of photos of us out and about.
And by the end of April here we are on Ben Challum near Tyndrum. A bit of a difference in snow cover.
Looking forward to some light rucksacks and summer walking now ……
March was a varied month, much better than February on the whole. We have loads of snow now where we need it on the faces and gullies of the mountains but the sunny side on the mountain has thawed a bit. It looks like winter will last a while this year.
John on Stob Coire nan Lochan
Then it thawed and got wet like here on Gear Aonach in Glencoe
Later in the month things definitely improved
Like here on Ben Nevis the Lads climbed No4 Gully then it cleared on the way to the top.
After such a promising start in January February was a bit of a shock. We got back into a cycle of storms as one low pressure after another rattled across Scotland. It snowed and it blew then it rained and it blew. The conditions on the hill changed rapidly from deep snow wading up the hill, to thaw and driving rain. Good days have been few and far between.
The climbs have been well banked out and are really good when you can get to them. Low level ice on the Ben has been exceptional this year from the freeze thaw. Higher stuff is either buried or to dodgy to get to.
Oh well here’s a few more pictures from my days out in February. What I can say is we made the best of what we got and always went out. Sometimes driving east to avoid some of the weather worked, sometimes west hoping it will pass over quickly. local knowledge helps a lot in route choice this winter.
March seams to be shaping up to be similar to February. Lets hope for a better month now spring is here …..
A New Year and some great winter conditions covered most of Scotland. The Skiing was good over Christmas and New Year. The climbing was a bit buried but it soon improved. I worked on a Mountain Rescue Scotland, Avalanche Rescue Course up on the Aonach Mor Ski Area. A week-end training team members on the subtleties on avalanche rescue. We actually had some good weather for the course which makes a change, it usually just blows a gale.
I also had a few days wondering about the hills in the snow with various groups here is Alan and his girlfriend on Buchaille Etive Beag on an atmospheric and very snow day.
And of course a little climbing on some great early season Ice here a route in the Auch Glen, definitely a bit off the beaten track.
So that was January, hopefully February will keep up the good work. Hope to see you out there.
March started as February finished. Wild and woolly, but the first week of March turned out to be a stunner with blue sky’s and superb snow. I was working with the Mountain Rescue delivering a winter rigging course over east.
So I took the opportunity to have a couple of days snowboard touring and managed to bag 8 new Munro’s in two days.