More wonderful autumn weather gave us a brilliant time on Ledge Route today. Abacus Mountain Guides has an AALA licence so we can work with people under 18 years old. The team we had today was George, Felix, Hamish, Jacob, Johnnie and Ralph; six seventeen year old guys up in The Outdoor Capital for a big adventure. They are fit and up for a big day so went for Ledge Route, over the summit and down by Coire Leis.
Most of the snow from Tuesday has gone but there are plenty of patches for making snow balls with! There is none on Ledge Route or Tower Ridge so the great ridges are still simple to climb. On Ledge Route Sally and I guided the guys on two ropes, moving together alpine style for the whole climb. It's simple scrambling but in a very exposed position for most of the way so a rope for security is a good idea. This was the first day in big mountains for most of the guys as well!
It looks like we will get some more good days through the weekend and warmer weather next week but the winter is not far away. Have a look at our winter programme of events and see if there is something there for you - https://www.facebook.com/AbacusMountainGuides/events/
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