Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Winter Mountaineering : Mamores, The fires are burning !

Looking out to the hills behind Aonach Beag 
Last nights fires above Corpach and Banavie in Fort William 

River crossing 
Yesterday was Marissa's last day and we had a shorter day as she had a long drive ahead to get home.
We headed out the Mamores to look at some navigation and put together various features to help understand the map better. Many people seem to focus on gadgets and gizmos and ways of pacing timing etc but the common theme it is the simple act of being able to read and interpret the map that is the most important. All the techniques go out the window if you are not able to read a map.
We walked up through the gorge where some new renovations have gone on with the path. This I read in the paper seems to have upset a few people who seem to indicate a bad job, the path is excellent and where work has been done a very good job has been made of it so I would say ignore the grumps. The only addition to what is often referred to as the 'best half mile walk in Scotland' which should be removed is the huge industrial sign which states 'Danger of Death' which is not very inviting.
We also watched the fires burn over the town where I would think there was a few worried residents around Banavie and Corpach.
Today I was working for Alan Kimber, West Coast Mountain Guides.