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On this page we at Alpha Mountaineering will keep you up to date with news and the local conditions as we find them out on the hill. If this page has not been updated recently then check my Facebook or Twitter page as I can update those more easily when away from the office.

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Monday 13th February 2017

Aberdeen University Lairig Mountaineering Club

Winter skills with Aberdeen University

This weekend I was working with the Aberdeen Uni Lairig Mountaineering Club who were staying at their hut at Allt-na-giubhsaich on the Balmoral Estate. We were up in the hills in the Lochnagar area. I was working in my role as St John Scotland Mountain Safety Instructor.

Saturday saw plenty of fresh snow down to 300m and with cloud down to 500m we had to practice our navigation a lot. On Sunday the weather improved with very little snow fall and the cloud lifted to 900m. There are some photos from the weekend on the St John Scotland Mountain Safety Instructor Facebook Page: Aberdeen University Lairig Mountaineering Club weekend Facebook photo album


Monday 6th February 2017

St Andrews University Mountaineering Club

Another great winter weekend in Glencoe

I was in Glencoe with the St Andrews University Mountaineering Club teaching winter skills in my role as St John Scotland Mountain Safety Instructor.

On Saturday we climbed Buachaille Etive Beag in fresh snow and a good fresh SW wind. Very little old snow left below 900m. On Sunday in the coire of Stob Coire nan Lochan we found some good hard old snow below the fresh new layer and practiced some winter skills. There are some photos from the weekend on the St John Scotland Mountain Safety Instructor Facebook Page: St Andrews University Mountaineering Club weekend Facebook photo album


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