Monday, 6 February 2017

Recharging in the mountains

Have I mentioned before that I love my job?  I really loved my job this weekend.

Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team have been earning their rescue points this week with various call outs so on Friday night there were a few weary looking guys when they turned up at Tulloch for their annual personal skills training.  Most people would look forward to a relaxing weekend with family and friends recharging the battery, but not these guys - they recharge in the mountains. 

On Saturday the majority decided to have a warm up on Creag Meagaigh - Rich took a smaller team to Aonach Mor to drop people over cornices by the sound of it.  The Creag Meagaidh circuit is normally an 8 - 10 hour summer walk so to do the circuit in full on winter conditions - and we are speaking about full on winter conditions - in about the same time was pretty impressive since there was a lot of instruction along the way.

For some more recharging we star bursted across the mountains on Sunday - we do like to keep our environmental footprint down.  A team on the Aonach Eagach, a team on the Ballachulish Horsehoe and 2 teams on Golden Oldie.  Happy times ...

Oh it does go without say that there was recharging / hydrating on the Saturday night.  This was made worse by the fact that Callum and Kenny were absent which meant that the one remaining bottle of beetroot wine (specifically reserved for this weekend) had to be consumed by Matt and Di.

Huge thanks to Richard Bentley, Matt Stygall and Mark Scales for being awesome people to work with and making this weekend a big highlight in my winter calendar.