Kevin Rutherford MIC

Hill and climbing conditions for the Scottish Highlands.

Winter Courses - Winter Skills, Winter Mountaineering, Winter Climbing & Norway Ice based in Rjukan

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

SPA Training

I finished the week working with Richard Bentley and the 2nd year trainees at Castle Toward. Their SPA training weekend had a mixture of indoor and outdoor workshops looking and personal climbing, group climbing and abseils and lots more. Saturday was spent at Neilston quarry looking at personal climbing, abseiling and an intro to group anchor set ups. Sunday was spent at Glen Crow finishing off the group work and scenarios, a wet day!

Intro Rock

17/20 August, Intro Rock and back at Castle Toward for 4 days rock climbing instruction. The August summer weather took control of this week with 2 days outside and 2 days at Ibrox climbing wall. Neilston Quarry was the venue for the 2 days outside which is a great venue for starting out, lots of D's and VD's.

ML Assessment

10/14 August was spent on Ardgour with Pete Hill. We were assessing SML for Trainee Instructors from Aberethy Trust. A good week was had apart from the occassinal west coast summer weather, strong winds and horizontal rain, east is best......... sometimes.

Intro Nav weekend

August 8/9, was spent working with Trainee Instructors from Castle Toward Outdoor Centre in Dunoon. This was a back to basics couple of days which will now enable the trainees to go out and log up their quality days pre ML training.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Creag Dubh

Spent Sunday afternoon at Creag Dubh with Steve. Good relaxed time was had climbing King Bee and then Inbred. Good to see the crag quite busy with other teams on Brute, The Hill and The Force, making the most of our Scottish summer. I hadnt climbed here for some time and had a bit of a flash back when confronted with a 45' wet grass bash at the top of the 3rd pitch on King Bee. Character building!


Feels like i havent blogged for some time. Its been a busy couple of months mostly working at Glenmore Lodge. Ive had 2 rock climbing courses with only 1 day out of 10 being rained off! Not bad for a Scottish summer. This week im working on a Summer ML training course.