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Ascent of The Saddle on 2013-02-21

Climber: Peter Stone

Others in Party:Twm Stone
David Stone
Nick Carter
Date:Thursday, February 21, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:The Saddle
    Location:UK-Scotland
    Elevation:1010 m / 3314 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Final day of our week-long Martin Moran Scottish Winter Mountaineering course with Nick Carter as our guide and what a day it was. Yet another sunny, blue sky outing with crisp snow underfoot - so lucky as we've had more consecutive good days this week than you often get in the Summer!

From the A87 we took the standard route up to and along the Forcan Ridge. It's generally very easy other than one or two short sections but the exposure in winter conditions made me very pleased that the well-being of my 2 teenage sons was being protected by someone more capable than me.

The views all along the ridge and from the summit were extensive and just awe-inspiring. We ate lunch in a snow hole just below the summit (cut out the night before by some fellow course-mates), then enjoyed the most amazing glissade descent back towards the car. Days out in Scotland don't get much better than this!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:985 m / 3229 ft
    Elevation Loss:985 m / 3229 ft
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Guide
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:985 m / 3229 ft
    Route:Forcan Ridge
    Trailhead:A87  25 m / 85 ft
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:985 m / 3229 ft
    Route:Bealach Coire Mhalagain
    Trailhead:A87  25 m / 85 ft



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