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Last updated: 18/02/16


Winter Skills - Newtonmore
12 - 14 February, 2016

We had a full complement of 6 members attending Winter Skills training this year.  The training itself was delivered by Emma O Shea ,working for Talisman Mountaineering, who did  a fantastic job of dealing with the varied objectives of the group.  Raymond, Mark, Viktor, Emma B, Tom and Garry spent Saturday practicing movement skills on a patch of neve buried under the fresh snow before moving on to some ice axe breaking followed by an introduction to winter navigation. 










The weather on Sunday was misty with widespread white out above 700m a marked contrast to the views of the previous day.  However it was ideal weather for what the group wanted to do Ė Winter Navigation.   We headed up from the Ciste car park to the summit of Cnap Coire na Speaidhe where we had lunch before dropping down to visit the snow holes in Ciste Mhearad.  We headed across to the Ptarmigan before descending back to the car park.  With most of the day spent in white out this was a brilliant navigation day, donít know how Emma managed to organise it!




Thanks to all that came along and Emma for being a great instructor.


Author - Garry Wardrope
Photos - Garry Wardrope