Newsletter – December 2017

By 25th September 2018 November 23rd, 2018 Newsletters

Tip of the Month

Last winter I wrote a quick note about the ‘Be Avalanche Aware’ (BAA) planning method, recommending this to everyone. Well, like everything in this world now, it’s not real until it has an App.

The Scottish Avalanche Information Service, in conjunction with others, has just released an App (which incorporates all the BAA information and resources, along with a couple of funky tools.

First, when you have downloaded the relevant map sheets (Cairngorms, Ben Nevis etc) then you can display the ‘avalanche rose’ (also flippantly known as the ‘pizza of death’) superimposed on your GPS location on the map. Secondly, there is a neat camera-based clinometer for measuring slope angle.

It’s well worth getting to enhance your learning and for practical use in the mountains too.

Quote of the Month

“Life is brought down to the basics: if you are warm, regular, healthy, not thirsty or hungry… then you are not on a mountain.”

Route of the Month

Hopefully, winter climbing conditions will return soon, and allow for an ascent of The Curtain (IV, 5, ***), one of Ben Nevis’s classic ice climbs. It was pretty much formed last Monday when I was there, but will have been washed away in the thaw now. It’s a fabulous route though, for all the aspiring ice climbers out there.

Photo of the Month

We had some quite conditions in Scotland for the first part of the winter season, and here’s a shot taken while climbing Hidden Chimney, a great little route in the Cairngorms.

mountaineering path

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Upcoming Events

  • January – February 2018. A series of 2, 3, 4 or 5-day winter climbingand mountaineering courses in the Scottish Highlands. Just get in touch to discuss specific dates. What’s more – up to two days will be completely ‘on the house’, which means FREE.
  • 9-12 February 2018. A four-day introduction to winter mountain walking and mountaineering, covering all the basics for novices or those with limited experience of using an ice axe and crampons.

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