UPDATE July 2015: Ken and Hannah are now running Scottish walking, mountaineering and climbing courses for West Coast Mountain Guides.
For the past 2 days I (Hannah) have been out in the winter wonderland with Adam from London who was keen to learn how to route plan and how to move about the winter hills safely. On day one we took advantage of the Nevis Range up lift and went up onto Aonach Mor. Being on first the West then the East side of the Nid Ridge gave us 2 very different environments to work in; scoured slopes – great for crampons and then soft fresh snow – great for ice axe arrest and finding weak layers in the snow pack.
The weather description for day 2 had us a bit worried ’75-100 mph winds on the tops, walking may be tortuous’. So we thought we’d better go and find out what ‘tortuous’ walking was going to feel like! We went to Buachaille Etive Beag in Glencoe as did half of Scotland or at least that’s what it initially felt like. The winds seemed to be ‘ok’ so we pressed on, leaving the masses behind and managed to bag both Munros (Stob Dubh and Stob Coire Raineach). Although very windy at points we only encountered one gust that we both agreed was tortuous so we thought we got away pretty lightly!