Despite our last blog post being all about winter, there are still enough peaks around under the snow line for our Summer Mountain Leader Assessment to go ahead this week. For our first day, and to give the four candidates a bit of a warm up, we stayed local to Glen Nevis and headed up to Bidhean Bad na h-lolaire for a bit of navigation and some emergency procedures. It's a really nice and easily accessible spot for navigation with plenty of features to go and find.
After lunch it was time for a selection of improvised carries and a chat about emergency procedures before heading down to the River Nevis for the stream crossing part of the assessment. It was a beautiful day to be out but very chilly in the wind and when the sun disappeared behind the clouds. And also a little strange to be surrounded by snowy peaks while running a Summer Mountain Leader course!
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.