Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Saturday, 30 January 2010

30-01-10, Cairngorms - Winter Skills

Today I was working for Walkabout Scotland, with Sarah and Scott. They wanted to gain some winter skills and avoid the crowds both skiing and climbing in the Cairngorms. We headed over to Ryvoan Bothy from Glenmore and around the base of Bynack Mor. The weather was great, much better than forecast. Excellent visibility and slight breeze.

There was about 2 inches of snowfall last night, this has been blown about a bit, allowing us to find both powder snow and hard neve. This was good as it gave us a chance to practice step cutting, cramponing and ice axe arrest.

We didn't see many people all day but reports from the top of the hill say the skiing was excellent but the queues were not! I imagine the ski touring will be fantastic at the moment.

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