It was a wet day in Glen Coe today. Steady rain made for uncomfortable conditions for the steep ground route choice, group management, safeguarding and emergency rope work elements of the Summer ML syllabus. We went up underneather the West Face of Aonach Dubh into Coire nam Beith. Here we found some nice scrambling type terrain for the candidates to demonstrate their emergency rope work. This involves using just a rope (no karabiners or slings) to safeguard people in descent as well as to safeguard themselves. The streams were full and the rocks were loose and slippery so there were plenty of real hazards to manage. It felt like a very realistic day! Off on a three day mini-break now for the rest of the week in the wild west.
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