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Blog for January 1st, 2018

January 1st, 2018
First walk of year and a good deed performed
Fiacaill Ridge

The first day of the New Year brought lower wind speeds so a quick circle of the Fiacaill Ridge was in order for me as I didn't have any clients today. The poor visibility would provide a chance for some micro navigation as well. Being New Years day the hills would be quieter as well

The weather brightened with altitude but unfortunately only lasted about 15 minutes before the clouds came back and it went back to being overcast with 100 metre visibility

Up on the plateau several navigation exercise legs took an indirect route to the descent

At the bealach before spot height 1,141m that led to Fiacaill a Choire Chais, I came across 2 climbers visiting Scotland who were unsure of their location for descending. They had discovered for themselves the limitations of Google Maps. Not an ideal place with steep drops near us and also where we were heading to

Whilst I took them to the spot height and we descended together, we had a chat about navigation and other skills courses that are available from the national training centres or freelancers

A chance for me to do a good deed. A lesson learnt for them and hopefully a future start in learning some new skills
Overcast during initial ascent of Fiacaill Ridge
Bright period just before reaching flat area at 1,100m
Cloudy Fiacaill a Choire Chais return journey in distance
Two distant climbers at top of Coire an t-Sneachda
Last section of Fiacaill Ridge with top in distance
Late afternoon sun above Loch Morlich