The Lochaber and Lorn Ramblers take rambling to a different level. Being surounded by the best mountains in the country they take full advantage and offer a very active programme of guided walks for members all year round. These walks are not limited to low level ambling. Ramblers groups here very often take on Munros, simple scrambles and winter walks. So it was great fun to be able to spend a day with five members running through some winter skills to get them set up for the winter.
We went to Lagangarbh at the top of Glen Coe and walked up Beinn a'Chrulaiste. This was the first time I have been to the top although I have een up a couple of the scrambles on the side a few times. We had wet snow at the start that got drier and colder and deeper. In fact the fresh snow from last night had been blown by the wind into some very deep drifts and cornices had formed already. This was a great learning point for the team, to see how much snow can be put down in one night, how much it gets blown around and deposited in certain places and what that does to the snow. We had plenty of soft wind slab to deal with.
All the way up was misty and a good test of our navigation. We had a quick play on some steeper slopes and lunch in a group shelter. When we emerged afterwards the clouds had cleared and we got a pretty good view from the summit. This is an amazing view point and I will certainly be back to catch the view on a sunny day some time! Well done to Anne, Trevor, Elizabeth, Joand Alex, you all did brilliantly and it was really fun spending the day with you.
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