Yesterday I had a call asking for some information on climbing guides. It was from one of the leading lights in our Mountaineering Club. He is a top guy who is pushing his mountaineering and does a lot to help the newer members. Over my climbing days I have bought so many climbing guides once they were used most weeks now a lot less.
I asked him to come over and he left with a load of climbing guides and a pair of snowshoes. He looked fairly happy. These Guides meant a lot to me. It’s sad to think of all the fun you have from these guides and the folk you climbed with. Yet it’s great to think they will be used and enjoyed by others.
I am still struggling with my chest problem and the hills are out again for me just now. Yet just to have a chat with a keen mountaineer again and listen to his future plans was great. How many of us have “stuff” gathering dust that others could use? I am going to have a good look.
I still watch the Climbing media and see what folk are up to. It was interesting to see the West Coast had a High Avalanche Forecast yesterday. Please take this into consideration when planning to climb. It has been a fickle winter but do not fall into the trap. Being around when Avalanches are happening naturally is usually a sign to go home. “No mountain or climb is worth dying for”. Careful planning can allow you to climb but if in doubt think safe. I sadly spent so many winter digging out so many unfortunate folk in most of the Mountain Areas in Scotland during my days in the RAF Mountain Rescue.
Today’s tip. Be aware of the Avalanche danger just now read the Avalanche Reports/ Weather reports daily.
Part of my chest problems are due to a big Avalanche in 1972 on Lancet Edge near Ben Alder when I was partly buried and swallowed lots of spin-drift. In these days we had little information on Avalanches now we have no excuses.
Comments welcome as always.