Emergencies and Mountain Hazards
Last week we did three days of a Summer Mountain Leader Training Course based at Three Wise Monkeys Climbing. I switched to mountain bike coaching for two days at West Highland College UHI before enjoying a very sunny weekend. This week we are finishing off the remaining three days of the ML Training Course and today it was to do when it goes wrong! Dealing with accidents and emergencies of all sorts, duty of care, hypothermia, thunder and lightning, and ticks. We practised several improvised stretchers and carries in a realistic situation and looked at managing water hazards. Stream crossing were practised down in the River Nevis before going back to base for a cup of tea and preparation for the coming expedition.
We went to Steall at the top of Glen Nevis to see the recent rock fall in the gorge. The path is still closed for work to be done on the path and to stabilise the massive blocks threatening the path from above. You can go up to the col north of Meall Cumhainn though and we took this route into Coire Guisachan. This is a lovely coire with a grand feel and huge boulders to explore. We have a blocking high pressure over Scandinavia at the moment so we should get dry but breezy weather for the next few days. Nice weather for a two day camping trip on Creag Meagaidh.
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Self reliance is a fundamental principle of mountaineering. By participating we accept this and take responsibility for the decisions we make. These blog posts and conditions reports are intended to help you make good decisions. They do not remove the need for you to make your own judgements when out in the hills.