With the car temperature reading 8 degrees as I drove in this morning I knew it was going to be a very different day to yesterday. I decided to head into Glen Nevis and up to Aonach Beag to search for some snow, as the overnight rain had stripped a lot.
With the weather just about dry myself, Andy, Glen and Lena headed round by Steal Waterfalls and then up the slope of Sgur a Bhuic. The wind was strong as forecast and pushed us around a lot, so it was a case of see how far we get up. On the way up we went over good foot placements and picking safe routes around suspect snow. On the side of Sgur a Bhuic we found a snow patch and went over ice axe arrests, first feet first on our fronts, then on our backs, head first on our fronts and finally head first on our backs. For a first time try the guys picked up the skills very quickly.
We headed round the corrie to the slopes of Stob Coire Bhealaich and looked at hasty pits to determine how safe the snow pack is. With the wind picking up we headed towards the summit at 1048m and then made a hasty retreat down with crampons on and in the very poor visibility back into the corrie. Even though we didn’t manage Aonach Beag we covered a lot of skills and information today, and it was good for the guys to have a proper winter day out.