Sandy Paterson Mountaineering

This is a blog of my personal and work climbing along with all the other things I do in the outdoors. Please feel free to have a look at my main website.

Over winter I will try and blog at the end of each week, however I will aim to tweet each day so feel free to follow me @SandyPMIC

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Last day - Friday

The plan for the last day of our winter skills course was to go for a journey and use the new movement skills, navigation and avalanche assessment to carry this out. However the weather had slightly different ideas! By 9am it was already gusting 80mph on Cairngorm and so we changed our plans to stay a little lower. After a drop off at the Sugar Bowl car park we headed into the Chalamain Gap, there was a lot of fresh snow which made the going slow but it did allow us to look at navigation and some avalanche assessment.

As we got close to the top of Creag a Chalamain the winds picked up as forecast and started to blow us off our feet again! So we turned around and headed back using the same trail we had ploughed on the was in. We then followed the lovely river side path back to Glenmore Lodge were it was time for hot showers and a final good bye chat.

Thanks to the team for your great company over the week and putting up with some challenging conditions, it is not always like this honest!

I now have the weekend off before heading back to Glenmore Lodge on Monday for another week. Fingers crossed the wind is not so strong next week!

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