Newsletter – February 2019

By 19th February 2019 Newsletters

Tip of the Month

Have you ever been concerned that your map might blow away in windy weather (or that you might drop your compass!) If so, but you (rightly) shudder at the thought of carrying one of those enormous impractical map cases, then here’s one way of dealing with the problem.

Some months ago, I wrote about preparing a practical map sheet for mountain use. Using an office hole-punch, put a hole in one corner of the map. Next, prepare a detachable lanyard from two mini accessory karabiners (not actual climbing ones) and a 1 metre length of 2-3mm cord. Clip one karabiner to the map and one to the pocket zip-pull of your jacket.

A similar set-up can be used to secure your compass to your jacket as well.

Quote of the Month

“You should fall because you fail to do the move, not because you fail to try the move.” 

Route of the Month

If you have been to the Northern Corries of the Cairngorms but have never ventured ‘over the back’ then you really should – in summer or winter.

Just venturing a little further south across the Cairngorm Plateau will take you into one of the wildest and most remote parts of the UK, classified as semi-Arctic, and feeling more like parts of Norway than the lower lying land around it.

Perhaps take in the summit of Ben Macdui, the second highest mountain in the UK; or drop down to Loch Etchachan and Loch Avon, surrounded by dramatic cliffs, and visit the ‘Shelter Stone’.

Photo of the Month

Stunning late-afternoon sunlight on Ben Nevis from the Mamores.

View of Ben Nevis in Winter taken from the Mamores© thesummitisoptional

Forthcoming Events

There are some great trips to Scotland coming up this spring/summer, but many of the regular climbing courses in Wales, the Lake District and the Peak District are of course still available.

  • 6-7 April. Two-day mountain navigation course (Snowdonia or Lake District).
  • 18-19 May. Two-day All-Round Mountaineering Course (Snowdonia or Lake District).
  • 18-19 May.Two-day Introduction to Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing (Snowdonia or Lake District).
  • 27-31 May. Scottish ‘Top Ten’ orSkye Climbs/Scrambles.
  • 3-6 June.The ‘Big 3’ Mainland Ridges.
  • 7-9 June. Aonach Eagach and Curved Ridge (one place remaining).

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