|Enjoying one of our few breaks in the Sun!|
|From L-R- Mark, Cristian, Neil and me|
After the debrief and pass result I was ecstatic! I'd spent a lot of time out over the past couple of seasons practicing in awful weather and was relieved that it had all paid off. Thanks to Pete and Ginge for running a great assessment that was enjoyable and informative. Also cheers to Neil, Mark and Cristian for being good company on the hill too and helping to reduce the assessment nerves
After some festive celebrations it was back to work at the weekend...
Paul and Michelle had come up from down South to do a days skills followed by an attempt at a Winter ascent of the Ben.
Due to high winds the gondola on Aonach Mor was closed so we headed up to Coire na Ciste on the North Face of Ben Nevis to make the most of the snow. We found some good snow not far from the hut and covered ice axe arrest, step kicking and cutting as well as some basic winter skills and movement. The guys did well and picked up things very quickly. Well done to Paul whose perseverance paid off when he nailed the head-first-on-his-back self arrest!
|Michelle and Paul|
|Coire na Ciste on Saturday|
|Some brief shelter from the wind at the Red Burn, everyone well wrapped up!|
Meanwhile there's been a massive thaw here which is set to continue for the next few days. Hopefully there will still be some good conditions for climbing left once everything freezes again. Time will tell...