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Saturday, 13 February 2010

13-02-10, Cairngorms - Winter Skills

Today I was working on a weekend winter skills course for Glenmore Lodge - national outdoor training centre. Harry, Jamie, Gaz and Sam are all students at a Manchester sixth form, they are having a school trip up to Scotland with 8 other classmates to gain some winter skills. We headed to Coire na Ciste and practiced, footwork, axe use, cutting steps, ice axe arrest and using crampons. There is a couple of inches of fresh snow on a hard base, but it is quite heavy at lower altitudes. Cloudy for most of the day and freezing level was at about 600m. We found some awesome snow holes both shovel ups and dig ins along the ridge as we descended to get back to the car park. The ski area was very busy but the skiing looked like it was great.

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