Kevin Rutherford MIC

Hill and climbing conditions for the Scottish Highlands.

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

Friday, 30 November 2012

Berghaus Testing

I have been working the last couple of days at Glenmore Lodge with staff from Berghaus and staff from outdoor shops all over the UK. By getting the shop staff together for a couple of days, it gives the Berghaus team a chance to update them on some of the new products in next years range, also to test them on the hill and give feedback. The new addition to their range and soon to follow with most other outdoor clothing companies is waterproof down. Berghaus have a hybrid synthetic/down jacket out this year which looked like it could be just the job for winter climbing and a reasonable price.

Wednesday was a poor viz day, great for practicing winter navigation and getting to grips with the deep soft snow, hard work travelling around. Although it felt cold things under foot were nt quite frozen. Thursday was a complete change with blue skies and very cold and more importantly easier to get about the hill as everything had froze. Climbing conditions looked like hard work with alot of rime on the buttresses and the gullies are filling up. Its snowing this morning at my house and it looks like the cold weather is to continue right through next week. Hopefully this will give a good base for the rest if the season whether your walking, climbing or skiing.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Cold Conditions

Cold today in the Cairngorms with a dusting of fresh snow and snow showers off and on this afternoon. I was working for Glenmore Lodge on an Advanced Navigation course and it was great to get some poor viz up on the plateau to practice some relocation skills. Climbing wise, the overnight frost has refroze the ground and the dusting of snow has brought a bit of a winter feel back to the corries. Hopefully we will get a bit more in the coming days.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Winter 2012/13

Well, winter 2012/13 has started but i dont know how long it will last looking at this coming weeks weather forecast, fingers crossed the cold spell will return next weekend. I had an enjoyable day today in Sneachdta with Iain and Giles on Burning and Looting V6. Considering the relatively good early conditions i was surprised how quiet it was, blue sky, very little wind....... what more could you ask for. Quite alot of icy seepage around which helps to give the crag a good base, the turf was well frozen.