Summer mountain skills – in the snow!

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This last weekend was the Summer Skills Weekend for the Outdoor Learning Service’s SOAP Mountaineering Program. Accommodation was at the very excellent Comrie Croft where we stayed in three of their Katas – big canvas tents, with a wood floor and internal wood stoves. Very cosy.

Saturday was planned to be a Summer mountain skills day … and it started that way, but also managed to included winter skills. As you can see from the photos winter has come early this year to the top of Schiehallion.

Sunday was a day at the crag at the aptly named Benny Beag , just south of Crieff. Here the group got to grips with the rounded and sometimes damp climbing on one of Scotland few sport-crags. But on the fine sunny afternoon the rock did dry off in the afternoon.

So two very different days, neither of them what you’d expect to be achieve on typically dreich Scottish November weekend, and both all the more enjoyable for that.

Next in the program of activities for this group will be Night Navigation then indoor climbing before their next residential trip – the Winter Skills in the Cairngorms.

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One Response to Summer mountain skills – in the snow!

  1. Bill says:

    Superb. What a fantastic outing and amazing programme overall! The accomodation looks like great fun. Would be great to see feedback from the pupils on the programme.

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