I took Rick and Ben along the Aonach Eagach in Glencoe today. This grade II ridge is the epitome of winter mountaineering and it was a glorious place to enjoy the sunshine and views today. The recent thaw has stripped a lot of the snow but we only had the odd mixed section which is all good experience for the boys. A stunning day! Huw took Steve and Mick along the CMD Arete to the summit of the Ben and I have also had Dave working for me who climbed Thompsons Route on the Ben with regular client Jude. They reported great styro foam snow ice but little in the way of protection and they also witnessed number 4 and number 2 gully avalanche in the heat, both pretty sizeable by the sound of things.