Thursday, March 10, 2011

East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn

I have been joined by repeat clients Mat and Karolina for a 3 day winter mountaineering course in Scotland. It was pretty wild forecast today with 80mph winds and a High avalanche risk so we had to be choosy about our route. We headed up the East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn which allowed us to avoid the worst of the massive accumulations of new snow and enjoy some lovely mountaineering. We had some snippets of blue sky this morning giving some lovely views and as the day went on the freezing level dropped down to the road. It was pretty wild on the top, Karolina is only little and could not stand up as we walked across the summit plateau so was glad of the rope. We followed a couple of bearings in zero visibility, battled the wind and the snow and dropped down the South side, glad to escape the beating! A great day nicely summed up by Mat as we walked down as the best day in the mountains he had ever had. 

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