Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

17-02-10, Cairngorms - Winter Skills

Today was a glorious blue sky powder
day. Amazing! Day 3 of a winter skills course working for Snowdonia Adventures. We headed into Coire an t-Sneachda. Top ski car park was full by 8:30 so we walked up from the Ciste car park. We looked at Navigation, Avalanche awareness, Snow Pack Analysis and how to make Emergency Shelters. There is a weak poorly bonded powdery layer present in the mountains from yesterday morning. The powder is deep in places making walking arduous, although the path into t-Sneachda is firm.

Digging Emergency Shelters. Kev showing us why not to dig too high up!

The buttress are completely buried. Teams were out climbing, Hidden Chimney, Fluted Buttress Direct, Fingers Ridge, Fiaciall Colouir but generally staying away from the easy gullies, which is probably a wise idea.

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