We have a new crop of students at West Highland College UHI who are receiving a range of foundation training in different activities. Today I was with a brilliant group of students coaching core rock climbing skills. We started out with the essentials of putting on a helmet and harness properly, then tying in and belaying. Next up we went to look at single point anchors at the top of a crag for top roping climbs and abseils. It was a stunning day - continuous sunshine and bone dry rock but cold in the wind. We need to get used to it, it looks like this blocking high pressure will be with us for a good few days to come. Beautiful autumn weather for getting outdoors and watching the colours change for winter.
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.