Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Winter Climbing Intro, Feb'13

Bruce Poll was the instructor on our introductory mountaineering course on the last weekend in February. Here's his take on the days.

With all the sun and blue skies we went looking for some quieter hills rather than the usual busy weekend haunts. Central Gully on Bidean, the birthplace of winter climbing in Glencoe, courtesy of Norman Collie was untracked and the deep cleft running up the side of Church Door Buttress was very atmospheric. Its always good to finish a route on a summit too.

Sunday took us to the East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn, again quiet and in a beautiful setting, a great route for learning the ropes of winter mountaineering with some short and long pitches as well as areas for learning the art of moving together.

Photos copyright Bruce Poll