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Monday 16th March 2020

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Two very contrasting days

This weekend I was working with the Breakaway Club who are the St Andrews Uni Hill Walking Club and we were based in Glen Shee.

On Saturday we climbed Glas Maol in very challenging conditions. There was some opportunity also to look at practicing our ice axe arrest and loads of chances to practice navigation in the whiteout conditions.

On the Sunday the team I had didn't have winter boots so we headed out of the snow and climbed the Graham Mount Blair and had some lovely sunny spells and practiced lots of summer hill skills.

Facebook photo album here: Some Facebook photos. I was working as the St John Scotland Mountain Safety Instructor this weekend.

On Glas Maol summit On Mount Blair summit

Monday 9th March 2020

On top of 1141m

A wintry day in the Northern Cairngorms

Although there were sunny spells on the hill yesterday it was very cold and windy. I was working with Dundee University Rucksack Club.

I had a group of beginners in terms of winter experience. We looked at the important winter skills of how to use an axe and crampons.

Facebook photo album here: Some Facebook photos. I was working as the St John Scotland Mountain Safety Instructor this weekend.

Helena practising her ice axe arrest Heading up Fiachaill a' Coire Cas