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 24 February 2013

Stunning Winter weather and conditions

I was working for Jagged Globe again last week, this time with Will and Leigh for a weeks private guiding. Will and Leigh had been up to Scotland last year for an intro week and then had spent some time in the Alps this summer, this meant we could get straight on with some climbing! On Monday we climbed Curved Ridge, Tuesday was Twisting Gully, Wednesday had us doing some rock climbing and ropework in Glen Nevis, Thursday was West Gully on Ben Udlaidh and then finally on Friday they lead themselves up West Gully on The Douglas Boulder and down the East Gully.

The weather was stunning for the whole week with most routes being in great condition.

Thanks to Leigh and Will for their company over the week.

I am now back at Glenmore Lodge for the next 3 weeks.

Saturday 16 February 2013

Winter Summits

Checking out the slope

I spent last week working for Jagged Globe on a Winter Summits course based on the West Coast. During the week we had a mix of snow  and weather conditions. We spent the week on Ben Nevis, Stob Coire Nan Lochan, The White Corries and Aonach Mor doing some summits and looking at various skills that will allow the group to become self sufficient mountaineers.

Thanks to Andy, Mel, Anne and John for their company.
It has warmed up now with freezing levels above the summits but hopefully next week will see some cool calm weather as I am back at Jagged Globe climbing this coming week.

Monday 4 February 2013

Wild week for Winter Skills

A little bit snowy but still happy

Looking at sample pits which in turn make some shelter!

Not all wild, lovely day heading up west side of Lochain
I was back at Glenmore Lodge last week working on a winter skills week. It was cold all week with some wild winds at times, 120mph on Cairngorm on Wednesday. We had a mix of snow conditions and visibility over the week that allowed us to cover all the main topics of winter skills.
I now have a few days off before heading over to Fort William for a few weeks work for Jagged Globe.