Dave and I were working with Kate, Magnus, Brodie and Callum (students at West Highland College) again on their Rescue and Incident Management topic. Were looking at crag rescues commonly called 101 ways to use a prussic. Yesterday we were in warm sunshine in Glen Nevis at Sheep Fank Wall escaping to a counterbalance abseil to rescue a stuck or unconscious second and support them on an abseil to the bottom. We then gave them each a scenario a couple of pitches up the crag so the rescue required a few stages so they could test out their understanding of their new tools and put them to use in new ways.
It all went very well and all the casualties were rescued so today we went to a big mountain crag. Rannoch Wall on Buachaille Etive Mor is home to some of the best rock climbing in the country due to its position over Rannoch Moor and the quality of the rock. We had a team on Agag's Groove and another on January Jigsaw thinking about making the belays better well prepared for the event of an incident so it would be easier to manage. We also tidied up a few bits of abseil cord left on the crag before abseiling down ourselves to complete the exercise.
There was a biting wind which took the edge off the warm sunshine. The rock is bone dry but you need to wrap up warm, even in the sunshine to enjoy the climbing. Over the next week or so it looks like it will stay very cold with snow falling down to glen level potentially.
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