Glen Coe skills day

Today Sean wanted to get familiar with a few technical bits before going on his winter mountain leader training with Stuart Johnston in February, and as the snow conditions are not that great for climbing at the moment I was keen to get out.

With the best avalanche conditions in Glen Coe again we headed up towards An t-Sron next to Stob Corrie nam Beith from the A82.  With the snow level over the last few days rising from sea level up to about 800m we had a bit of a walk to get some white stuff.  Once in the bowl next to Coire nam Beitheach we found a good, safe slope to practice snow anchors.  We looked firstly at digging a hasty pit then at bucket seats, berried axe belays and snow bolards.

After lunch we headed further up the slope to the ridge and Sean lowered me off the edge using a stomper belay.  On our way back down we practiced ice axe arrests starting with the basic position that

you want to achieve with any position that you end up sliding in.  We then moved onto sliding on you back, head first on your front and then head first on your back.  Before we knew it we were back at the bottom of the slope.

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