Jamie has been out with us a number of times over the years, slowly building up his skill set and experience. Jamie also gains sponsorship for these trips, to support the Teddy Bear Childen Support. This year, we decided that the East Ridge of Beinn a'Chaorainn would be a good objective.
The approach through the woodland was entirely snow free, which whilst not quite as pretty, is much easier. On popping out onto the open hillside, the environment completely opens up with large, snow filled corries and gullies in almost every direction.
There's still plenty of soft snow on the ridge, with the odd patch of firmer, old snow in places. There are now patches of grass showing here and there, but it still felt quite wintry up there. The cornices above the corrie were huge!
I often head up Beinn a'Chaorainn when the forecast is for strong, westerly winds, so it made a very pleasant change to be able to enjoy lunch at the summit.