Every Mountain Leader training course has a wild camping expedition to train camping skills that leave no trace. We went to Lochailort to go up An Stac and Rois Bheinn with a camp under the north side of Rois Bheinn. After a dry first day it started raining as we set up the tents and it rained a lot! Our expedition skills were very well tested.
Over night we spent a few hours doing some night navigation. With the persistent rain it was pretty tough to see the detail on the map and get the details for the compass bearing and distance to pace out. Alex, Stephen, Yuka, Will and Louise all did very well though and we survived the night and a great walk today navigating by contour interpretation. It was a strong group for the training course which reflects the training many of them have already had at West Highland College and the experience they already have in their log books. I look forward to seeing them on an assessment course.
Meanwhile we had two teams on Ben Nevis, our scheduled guided walk and a private guided walk. One team made it and the other turned around at 1150m which is higher than most mountains in the UK. After a very wet start all the guys did very well on Ben Nevis especially since there is still a good bit of snow on the ground on top.
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.