Student Winter Skills ’10

Plenty of sun and lots of snow provided excellent conditions for the weekend’s Student Winter Skills Course. Twelve S5 and S6 pupils from Knox, Dunbar and North Berwick were on a residential trip to the Cairngorms run by the Outdoor Education Service.

Student Winter Skills '10
Student Winter Skills 10

During the weekend the pupils walked the Northern Corries, climbed Cairngorm Mountain and visited snow-holes high on the plateau … and along the way learned and practiced a host of winter mountain skills. These included mountain navigation, using ice-axe, crampons and snow-pack analysis.

To learn more about what they got up to click on the following to see the photos. Sorry there are so many … but when the weather’s this good…

Click here to open in a full-screen slide-show, to see the videos, or to download pictures.

Through two long mountain days (and a wee surprise night orienteering event) the pupils were always up for the challenge – they were all a credit to their schools.

Big thanks to Miss Ritchie from North Berwick High for assisting the Outdoor Ed staff with the weekend (and good luck in your upcoming Mountain Leader Training.) You can see her North Berwick High school blog post here.

And some links for the students … the main online resources used for the weather was the Mountain Weather Information Service, for avalanche forecasts see the Scottish Avalanche Information Service.

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