Saturday 21 January 2012

Not so bonnie Scotland!

Today was my second day out with the Mountain Equipment/Gore, Cotswold staff training winter skills teams. Yesterday was a snowy and frozen up high but as the temperature rose during the day it became drizzly as we made our way down off  Buchaille Etive Beag, bit windy on the ridge but generally quite pleasant, and I managed most of the day in my new 2013 Pulsar and G2 pants.

Today was a different day - really windy with the odd gust that was pretty impressive, lifting people off their feet and tumbling them around. I was out on the hill with a Hillwalking group, we set off from the car park at Buchaille Etive Mor,  into some heavy drizzle. We hovered between snow and drizzle, all day having decided to stay low with the winds forecast (120mph on the tops).
After topping out on Stob Mhic Mhartuin we headed down and found some great pockets of drifted snow in stream beds to build some snow shelters.

 Thanks to Andy Green at Mountain Equipment for the pictures - he headed up to Stob Coire nan Lochan today which is where these pics are from.

Elsewhere Stu McAleese and Dave Macleod were also out and about with a hillwalking team. I think we can safely say that everyone has given their Mountain Equipment clothing a good testing today!

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