Back in Scotland working on a 5 day Intro to Winter Climbing course for Mountain Magic, www.mountainmagic.co.uk
Blue Skies, no wind, warm sunshine but fortunately clear skies and dry air meant heat loss by radiation from the snow surface to firm it up and it kept firm in the shade today. Hence my call to head up to Stob Coire nan Lochan with a view to Dorsal Arete having firm snow paid off! The contrast in temperature from Sun to shade was huge. A couple of teams from the Joint Services centre with Mike Brownlow and Matt Heffernan were hoping it would be enough for SC Gully, it looked promising but they turned back after a closer look and headed over to Dorsal Arete and Boomerang Arete. Dorsal Arete still has a good cover of snow, most of which was firm.
As ever Dorsal Arete gave Paul & Ed a good introduction to winter climbing, looking at climbing movement, efficient ropework systems on easy climbs, building belays and using runners and generally trying to be organised and efficient. Topping out was an abrupt change from cool conditions and snow to warmth and bare ground on the ridge.