Steve: It’s a busy day for West Coast Mountain Guides. I was out with Leanne and Jon, who are both keen to get on the sharp end of the rope and start leading for themselves. We went to East Ridge North Top of Stob Ban which is perfect for instructing leading. The route was in decent condition but like everything else at the moment a freeze would do it good.
Ken and Andy (who was instructing Culann and Conor) both had a super day on Ben Nevis with their respective teams. They both went for the SW Ridge of the Douglas Boulder which Ken said was a great way to round off his three days with Dave and Jay….. ‘With the drop in temperature, the snow on the route was beginning to consolidate well, however, it’s pretty clear that the ice is struggling to form up high, as the freezing level has remained below the summits for sometime. Overall, a great three days for Dave and Jay, who have both enjoyed turning their hands and tools to mixed winter climbing….’
Matt climbed the Zig Zags in Glencoe with Philip and Cathal then continued on to make the classic round of SCNL. Whilst Dave was teaching Killan and Brian some advance skills on school house ridge above Ballachulish.