UPDATE July 2015: Ken and Hannah are now running Scottish walking, mountaineering and climbing courses for West Coast Mountain Guides.
For day 2 with Trish, James and Mike, we opted for the shorter, less wading required, approach of School House Ridge II, (ENE Ridge) of Sgorr Bhan. It’s the second time this season that I’ve been up the ridge, yet after the heavy snow fall from a couple of days ago, the route felt quite different, with many of the rocky steps being completely buried in snow. There were some impressive wind sculpted features (sastrugi and cornices) on both sides of the ridge, indicating a significant and recent change in wind direction to redistribute the loose snow.
The team enjoyed the brilliant weather (as did I!) and technicalities of the ridge, and on gaining the main ridge, we continued to the summit of Sgorr Bhan. The ridge leading up to Sgorr Dhearg, and it’s NE Face looked particularly impressive with the imposing quantities of snow present. On the way down, we stopped to look at various snow belays, before making a very snow covered descent back to the valley floor, which felt distinctly springlike. It’s been a great couple of days with the trio, and they’ve been quite fortunate with the weather, long may it continue!