Monday, February 20, 2012

Wet on Ben Nevis...

It was pretty grim on the hill today with heavy rain, high winds and warm temperatures.

John, Tony and I were keen to cover some essential mountaineering skills such as snow belays, bollards etc, and today we went 'skills heavy' and did exactly that.

We had previously just used the odd technique in context during our ascents of Dorsal Arete and Curved Ridge on previous days, the aim being to make use of the better weather.

With the high winds forecast we decided to head into the base of Coire na Ciste and the 'gulches' on Ben Nevis.  Here there was still plenty of remaining snow to practice both movement and snow belays etc.  Eventually however the prolonged rain took it's toll on our multiple pairs of gloves and it was time to bail. (Tony is pictured trying to make his last pair survive)...

Greg Boswell, Will Sim, Di Gilbert and Rich Bentley are currently in the CIC Hut with a large team from Outdoor Research- ideal conditions for testing waterproofs!...

Finally, after yesterdays tragic events on Ben Nevis I am just going to add a quick plug for the folk at Lochaber MRT - check out the LMRT Blog http://lochabermrt.co.uk/blog/ and their Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lochaber-Mountain-Rescue-Team/126730547376157

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