Mountain guiding, leading and instruction of climbing and mountaineering are becoming much better recognised as professional careers. The profession of mountain guiding has of course been around for many decades but it was seen for a long time to be not quite like a real job. The degree courses now available at West Highland College UHI are further proof that working in the outdoors is a career choice and it should be seen as a profession. So today I was with some more first year degree students on their Introduction to Professional Adventure Practice walking up Stob Ban in the Mamores.
It turned out to be a much better day than expected. It was windy on top but not quite the 50mph we were forecast. The rain came on later and stayed light and patchy rather than the constant rain we thought we would have to put up with. So we had a great time climbing the North Ridge of Stob and going down the coire to the east on the good path. Autumn colours in the landscape are showing themselves and are getting to be as bright as our jackets!
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.