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Scottish winter conditions

Scottish winter conditions

Below are daily reports of  Scottish winter snow conditions.

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Scottish Avalanche Information service

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Scottish winter conditions

13th Jan Scottish winter conditions

Scottish winter conditions
Walking into Sneachda, Snowy but great, Scottish winter conditions

Scottish winter conditions
HMMM, Scottish winter conditions

 

Scottish winter conditions
Lots of fresh snow and some wind slab, Scottish winter conditions

12th Jan Scottish winter conditions

Scottish winter conditions
Coire an Lochan looking more wintery, Rimed up and the snow getting more consolidated. Scottish winter conditions

Scottish winter conditions
Ice forming more and more.  Slightly soft ice.  Great placements Scottish winter conditions

Scottish winter conditions
Lots of spin drift but this didn’t stop the fun. Scottish winter conditions

Scottish winter conditions
 Another happy group. Scottish winter conditions

11th Jan Scottish winter conditions

Scottish winter conditions
East Ridge of Beinn a’Chaorainn, snowy bit windy bit great. Scottish winter conditions

Scottish winter conditions
Ben and Alex, Scottish winter conditions

Scottish winter conditions
Scottish winter conditions

Scottish winter conditions
Ed and will,  Scottish winter conditions

Scottish winter conditions
Mixing it up  Scottish winter conditions

10th Jan Scottish winter conditions

Scottish winter conditions
Emergency shelter digging at the morraines in Sneachda.

Scottish winter conditions
Scottish winter conditions

Scottish winter conditions
Very windy and blizzards from the NW. Scottish winter conditions

Scottish winter conditions
Goggles essential Scottish winter conditions

9th Jan 2015

Scottish winter conditions
Coire an Lochan wind blasted but quite a lot of ice around. Scottish winter conditions

Scottish winter conditions
Practising ice movement near No4 Buttress Coire an Lochan. Scottish winter conditions

Scottish winter conditions
Happy after a fun bum slide back down. Scottish winter conditions

8th Jan 2015

Scottish winter conditions
The Mirror Direct and Patey’s route. Scottish winter conditions

Scottish winter conditions
“Fly” not that sure about spindrift. Scottish winter conditions

Scottish winter conditions
People climbing Fluted Buttress direct today and central. Scottish winter conditions

Scottish winter conditions
Josh, Reanne and Ross enjoying Fiacall ridge. Scottish winter conditions

Scottish winter conditions
Central Sneachda. Scottish winter conditions

Scottish winter conditions
Lots of fresh wind slab in coire an Lochan. Scottish winter conditions

 

Scottish winter conditions

7th Jan 2015

Scottish winter conditions
Front pointing on the ice in Sneachda, Scottish winter conditions

Scottish winter conditions

 Scottish winter conditions

Scottish winter conditions
A very depleted Sneachda, still ice on the mirror direct. Central gully and the runnel look complete.

 Scottish winter conditions

Scottish winter conditions
The Fiacall buttress still holding on Invernookie was climbed today in reasonable condition.

By | January 7th, 2015|scottish winter conditions|0 Comments

Gas canister explosion ML Course

ML courses

Gas canister explosion

Gas canister explosion on a recent ML Assessment course.

This happened on a very still day.  The stove had been used about 10 mins before the explosion, was turned off and still had the stove screwed into the canister.

We believe the stove was turned off properly but may have been not quite tight enough.

It seems that because it was a very still day and the lack of wind (which is not normally an issue  in the Lake District) the gas that was slightly leaking from the canister did not disperse.  Gas is heavy and sinks to the ground and runs down hill.

When Andy the assessor light up his stove outside his tent about 10 meters away from the other stove it almost instantly caused the other canister to ignite and explode about 10 meters into the air.

It caused a small shock wave and also sent the pan, stove and canister into the air.  The group collected all the bits and thankfully no one was hurt.

I have had a candidate on a previous training that had at an earlier time prior to the training course had a canister explode in his face which did cause him severe injuries.

He said that on that occasion it was again a very still day and he was also outside and a reasonable distance from another stove.  In this case as he was screwing the stove onto the canister it let out some gas,  he unscrewed it so see if there was any dirt or if he had cross threaded it but all looked OK, so he tried again screwing the stove and canister together, again some gas came out and at this point the canister ignited and blow up burning his face…

 

Some thoughts on lessons learned

I guess we must not assume that gas canisters are full proof and that on very still days a very small amount of gas can stay around the area.  Perhaps we should think about storing canisters detached from the stoves and if in any doubt move them away from camp for storage.  Please email if you have any further info on this or contact Mark walker at the MT office as they are very keen to share learning experiences.

Cheers Stuart

 

By | July 29th, 2014|NGB courses|0 Comments

Rock climbing

Rock climbing

Ruben and friends rock climbing at shepherds crag.

We had a great day consolidating their knowledge of lead rock climbing.  We climbed on Brown’s slab and Little Chamonix the classic Lakeland HVD.

Learning to lead rock climbing

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By | July 25th, 2014|Rock Climbing|0 Comments

SPA Assessment Blog

SPA Assessment course Lake District

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SPA Assessment

Lower Scout Crag

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Adam at Hutton roof

SPA Assessment 13

Wild Thyme

SPA Assessment

Dan with the big hex

SPA Assessment

Hutton Roof SSSI

SPA Assessment

James enjoying the dry Limestone

SPA Assessment

Abseil rescue pick up

SPA Assessment

Dam & James at Stickle barn crag

SPA Assessment

Playing Hool a hoop

SPA Assessment

Putting on clothes game

SPA Assessment

Below Lower Scout crag

SPA Assessment

Equalising anchors using the rope with a big bight of over hand then clove hitch on either side.

By | June 28th, 2014|NGB courses|0 Comments