Day one – We caught the Aonach Mor Gondola up. Then walked round to climb the central ridge of Carn Mor Dearg, a tough 600m + climb mostly on boulders with snow at the top. We then descended to meet another Adventure Peaks team just above the CIC hut to pick up a tent. Where we had a wet night camping on the snow and doing some Jumar and abseil practice.
Monday: usual first day roll about in the snow with some winter belays and rope work on Buchaille Etive Beag. Weather was fairly full on with new snow and 30mph winds no pictures of this day. We summited in a blizzard and beat a hasty retreat back to the van. A good shake down day.
We enjoyed appalling weather with heavy driving rain and strong winds and big thaw. The rivers and hills were awash with water. So we started the day with a session in the ice factor. Both were keen to try it out and we had a good session climbing looking at belaying for Will who had not done much before then placed some ice screws and constructed ice threads.
Val recently completed a Winter Mountaineering Course and was very fit and able. He moved well on the hill and had previous rock climbing experience so his rope work was good. He has climbed in Spain with his girlfriend and summer climbed in the UK.