Friday, 19 December 2014

Wild and Windy Winter Skills...

With a pretty wild forecast for today Joe, Nicola and I headed to Glencoe with a view to going over some Winter skills and hopefully going for a bit of a wander too.
With winds due to be gusting 80mph, things were going to be pretty challenging but Joe and Nicola were up for a bit of a battle with the weather!
During the drive to Buachaille Etive Beag, I could already see the snowline had dropped to below 700m which was promising. Massive waves of spindrift being blown off the slopes certainly kept us on our toes.

Lucky for us, the plan came together and we managed to find some good neve on the Eastern hollow below the 902m spot height. We managed to cover some step kicking, ice axe arrest and a good bit of crampon work. After surviving a good few cold hours in the spindrift, we made a tactical retreat via the Glencoe cafe for coffee and cake and a civilised end to a wild day! A great effort from Joe and Nicola who put up with the weather really well.