Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Sunday, 14 February 2010

14-02-10, Cairngorms - Winter Skills

Day 2 Winter Skills course at Glenmore Lodge.

Low level cloud, warm, drizzle and light snow made for a considerable avalanche hazard on all steep slope aspects above 900m today. With this in mind we avoided going high and onto exposed slopes. The team desperately wanted to try and make some snow holes of their own today, so we headed into Coire an t-Sneachda. We got to practice lots of navigation, walking on bearings and pacings as visibility was very poor! It must have been busy but we didn't manage to see many folk about. I did get a short glimpse of Alladin's buttress and it was covered in wet snow.

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