Glen Coe looked brilliant today in the sunshine. Dave and I took our Summer ML Trainees to Buachaille Etive Mor for the emergency rope work training. Summer mountain leaders need to know how to use a rope in an emergency to safeguard group members down a section of steep scrambling type ground. There is so much rock on Buachaille Etive Mor that we it is easy to find a suitable spot and we set to work with the ropes.
We looked at different anchors and how to rate them, how to attach the rope to them and how to set up a body belay to safeguard people on the steep ground beneath them. This is all done with just a rope, no karabiners or slings are allowed. We also covered how the leader should look after themselves with the rope in descent. We had an amazing view all day with plenty of sunshine but a cool breeze. Two aeroplanes flew down the glen at low level to give us a cool spectacle as well. We're off on our camping trip out west tomorrow and on Friday so hopefully the dry weather will continue.
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