Mountain Leaders need to know how to deal with emergencies so today we went through all the rope work skills that will get a leader and the group out of trouble. It's all done with just a rope and body belays, no slings or karabiners at all. Anchor selection, different ways of belaying and managing the whole process with a group as well as safeguarding the leader with the rope were all practised in several different situations.
After a long dry spell we had the first rain yesterday and last night so the rocks were wet and slippery on Meall Cumhainn. In fact the weather looks quite unsettled for the next few days and the weekend. It's much warmer though and the flowers are starting to come out. We even saw some white Lousewort.
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.