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Winter Skills in the Cairngorms for the RAF

This winter has been unusual so far. We’ve had cold clear days with stunning views and then very warm wet days in between. This has stripped back the snowpack leaving bullet hard snow ice called Neve in patches all over the mountains and bare ground between. Typically this is the kind of conditions you’ll find on a late spring day!

Despite all this it’s been a busy winter with lots of people excited to get out into the Scottish hills. This week I’m working for the RAF looking at winter skills and helping some of their instructors work towards Winter Mountain Leaders Awards. Today we looked at using the boot to make a trail, cutting steps to support this and then switched to crampons and had a look at moving on a variety of terrain.

Cutting Steps
Discussing using an ice axe to cut steps
Demonstrating Step Cutting
Demonstrating Step Cutting
Discussing putting on Crampons
Discussing putting on Crampons

Photos courtesy of Tim Hamlet from Hamlet Mountaineering.

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