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.

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