Kevin Rutherford MIC

Hill and climbing conditions for the Scottish Highlands.

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

Sunday, 30 March 2014

WML Training week

A few pictures from last weeks Winter Mountain Leader Training course, i was working for Glenmore Lodge. It was a mixed week weather wise which is always good for folks going through the scheme giving them the full experience of potentially being a leader, or what you can expect or put up working on the hill in winter. The week was rounded off with a broken shovel after 5 mins of digging a snow hole and then i found a hole in my thermarest..... i was glad of having a very warm sleeping bag, its amazing how much insulation you get from a couple of hill ropes, an empty rucsac and a group shelter, thanks to the team for their donations.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Ben Nevis CIC Hut

Ben Ice climbing course with Glenmore Lodge staying in the CIC hut, great company but challenging conditions on the hill which required some good safe route choice. Very windy, mild for a few days and then more wind and alot of new snow.

Castle ridge, Tower ridge, skills around the the CIC hut, SW ridge Douglas Boulder, Tower Scoop and Tower Cascade.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Terms of Endearment & Pateys

Great day today on the above routes. I was working for Cairngorm Adventure Guides with Loui and Anne. Alladins buttress as very busy first thing and then cooled off.


Intro Winter Climbing

IntroWinter Climbing for Glenmore Lodge this week with James and Damien and at last a decent weeks weather.

Day 1 - Skills and Mountaineering in Coire Sneachda before climbing up and onto the Fiacaill Ridge.
Day 2 - Fiacaill Couloir before abseiling off due to a change in the weather.
Day 3 - Cha-No, a sunny warmer day, Jenga Gully and Anvil Gully.
Day 4 - Original Route Summer
Day 5 - Honour Amongst Thieves