Day two of the Summer Mountain Leader Training Course was all about leadership. We went to Glencoe and went up into the Lost Valley before climbing Gearr Aonach and dropping back down into the back of the Lost Valley. This is a route with all sorts of hazards including drops off the side of the path into the gorge, steep ground and scree as well as strong winds, rain, separation of the group, getting lost and hypothermia. We discussed and practised a wide range of leadership styles and techniques to manage all of these hazards while keeping the flow of the day.
We have some very autumnal weather at the moment! Low pressure systems are battering the west coast bringing rain and strong winds with them. The colours are changing too with reds and browns coming out more and more every day. It's a wonderful thing to see the seasons change in the mountains and it means it's time to get excited about the coming winter. Have you got your winter plans sorted out yet!
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.