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

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Catch Up - But no Photos!

I have been a bit slow to update the blog over the last week or so due to being busy and still not having a working camera, sorry!

Since climbing Castle Ridge with Mike I have met up with Wyn who was up from Wales on holiday and looking to progress his scrambling skills. We sent the first day on a very wet Zig Zag's in Glen Coe sheltering from the wind. During our ascent and descent we looked at rope work, placing gear, abseiling and other little tricks. Wyn then had a day off and I spent the day working for West Highland College running some Mountain Bike sessions on their induction week, it was great to meet all the new students and we had a lovely dry day! Meeting up with Wyn the next day it was again windy and wet so we headed east to try and escape the worst of the wet. We headed to the Cairngorms and up through the twin ribs area and along Ficaill Ridge taking in all the hardest bits, with Wyn doing his fair share of the leading putting in to practice what we had covered 2 days before.

After a few days off and a spot of Mountain Biking around Strathpefer it was back across to the west in what must have been some of the wettest weather so far this summer to work on a Summer Mountain Leader Training with Bill Strachan. Although the weather was truly awful the team did really well to keep focused and learn lots.

Next stop was a days biking with Jules Fincham around the Aviemore area, looking at some skills and riding top tips for the MBL Award, another glorious day in the sun. Strange how the good weather seems to fall on my biking days, one of the reasons I started biking was it was a good wet weather option!!

It was then onto Glenmore Lodge to run a Crevasse Rescue course for a group who are heading out to Austria in a few weeks for some glacier trecking.

Now back home for a few days with Laura and time to start updating the website ready for winter. Winter dates and courses will be released soon! Of back to Fort William tomorrow for 2 days with the College and then down to Perthshire to work on a Gold D of E, who said September was quiet!!

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