Based in Aviemore, The Cairngorms, Highlands of Scotland.
Gary Hodgson runs Tarmachan Mountaineering, providing instruction and guided walking all year round. This is my regularly updated blog including the latest snow conditions in winter.
Saturday, 31 January 2015
A BIT WHITE, WILD & CHILLY WINTER SKILLS
Another dump of snow to low levels and a windy day meant the road up to Cairngorm was closed today. A bit of chaos at the Glenmore snow gates this morning. Today I had a winter skills group with staff and customers from Cotswold Outdoor in Livingston. We headed up into the Coire an Laoigh area which is relatively low altitude but enough steep ground and terrain to get all the necessary skills in today. We were in a white bubble for most of the day but it wasn't too windy so pleasant. We covered all the basics of axe techniques and found some old, hard neve which was great for cramponing and some sliding at the end of the day. A great day to test out all that lovely gear that the guys sell to us.