UPDATE July 2015: Ken and Hannah are now running Scottish walking, mountaineering and climbing courses for West Coast Mountain Guides.
Over the past couple of days, Han and I have been working for Bigfoot Adventures on a graduate selection course for Applied Drilling Technology International (ADTI). The two days involved running various challenges during which the final 26 participants (of 800 initial applicants) were presented with ample opportunity to demonstrate their skills in a team environment. Of the 26, only 8 will make the final cut, so needless to say that everyone gave it their all.
Today was back to bread and butter, and for me, a day of winter climbing with Wes & Gary, who I’ve been climbing with a number of times before, and always look forward to getting out with. We headed into the thick mist sitting in Coire Na Ciste, and with a bit of navigation, made our way to the foot of Thompson’s Route. It seemed that all the other climbers emanating from the North Face Car Park & CIC Hut were heading up into Observatory Gully, which was good of them, as it meant we had the route all to ourselves.
The route was in great condition, with first time placements throughout. We climbed the route in three pitches, taking a steeper direct line at the top, giving a nice sustained outing. The visibility didn’t improve until we were well off the mountain, but it sounded like a team were in Green Gully. No doubt Hadrian’s Wall, Orion Direct, NE Buttress etc. were quite busy today. Glover’s Chimney is also reported to be good condition. The temperatures are set to be slightly warmer for the next few days, but so long as it stays dry, the ice should be good for a while yet.
Han was also out today, working for Alan Kimber Mountaineering. She walked with Tom & Derek, who were over from Canada. They were interested in seeing Ben Nevis in it’s winter glory, so after a latish start, they walked from The Achintee, over Halfway Lochain and down to the North Face Car Park.