Today I was out with 4 college students on their winter skills practical day studying on the Adventure Tourism Management course in Fort William. With the avalanche forecast very heavily loaded towards north-east slopes I made the decision to ascend Meall a’ Chaorainn via the south-west ridge.
We quickly made our way up to about 700 meters over wet slushy snow and found a good slope to go through ice axe arrests, which the guys picked up very quickly and were soon sliding down the slope with gusto. With the winds increasing we walked on to about 850m went through walking in crampons and even found a small steep slope to descend and a spot of winter bouldering along the way.
On our decent we covered kicking good steps and ascending steeper snow out of a gully. Just for the slide back down to the West Highland Way.