On the 26th of February, we embarked on a 9 hour drive up to the Cairngorms in Scotland where we do two days of winter skill training. This included being able to use crampons and using ice axes safely without hurting ourselves. Once the instructors trusted us with sharp, spikey objects that could seriously injure ourselves, they allowed us to hike up a Monroe (a Scottish Mountain!) which put our newly found skills to the test and some fantastic views to savour. These views being across mountains, valleys and Monroe’s which were miles away.

We also made some snow holes in the deep pockets of drifted snow as a training exercise in survival skills. Either way, the weekend in general was really enjoyable and the views were some of the best I have EVER seen.