Thursday, February 16, 2012

MIC Personal Mentoring in Coire an t-Sneachda...

I was out with John today in preparation for his MIC Assessment day tomorrow.  We spent the day practicing a variety of scenarios to move clients around on mountaineering terrain (grade I/II with one axe).

John is pictured abseiling from a snow bollard.

The corrie didn't look quite as bad as yesterday, with cooler temperatures firming up the snow pack.  Most of the major gully lines are still complete, although many are leaner (read harder) than usual with small ice pitches.

There is also a lot of low level ice in both Coire an t-Sneachda and Coire an Lochain which will be ideal for introductory skills training, or those refreshing their technique.  With snow forecast over the weekend I would be a bit more upbeat if you have got a weeks visit planned or are booked on a course...


  1. Well done to John who passed his final assessment yesterday..

  2. Anonymous8:01 AM

    Thanks James! It all went reasonably well on Friday. I was assessed by Phil Sanderson from Glenmore, and we went to Lochain. I supplied the clients - Will Tranter and Kieran Allen, both ex Abbotsholme pupils. We climbed from the Lochain to the toe of no 3 buttress in a long diagonal right to left, through some 'top end' mountaineering ground. Had a brain freeze after the first rope length (to a block belay), and made a poor choice. After that I got into the groove a bit more - lots of stompers and one text book bucket seat, then some stomper lowers and a bit of short roping in descent.
    The two days mentoring from you definitely got me through - no doubt about it. You helped enormously by making my short roping set up more precise, tidying up how I locked off my hand coils, introducing a standardised parking system for clients, and so much more.
    Thanks for the brilliant mentoring - hope the ski test prep in the Alps goes well and enjoy your time with Bruce in the Ecrins,

    1. Cheers John, glad you had such a good result...