UPDATE July 2015: Ken and Hannah are now running Scottish walking, mountaineering and climbing courses for West Coast Mountain Guides.
Today I (Hannah) was out with Paul and Roger who are over from Dublin. Both were keen to get stuck into winter but wanted some guidance on how do get the most out of the hills safely and efficiently. We chose Aonach Mor as our destination with the hope that we could hide on the East side of the Nid ridge from the strong Westerly winds. The plan worked and we had a great day with lots of Irish craic! We looked at using our boot as a tool, walking and tackling steeper snow and ice in crampons and ice axe arrest. We also had some valuable discussions about avalanche awareness and found some great isolated areas to dig around in and find weakly bonded snow layers. To finish off we put our new found skill into action by taking a steep line safely onto the Nid ridge itself. I was working for Mountain Motion.