Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Thursday, 18 February 2010

18-02-10, Cairngorms - Winter Skills

Northern Corries looking west.

Day 4 of winter skills week. Beautiful day again, sunny, no wind, a bit of trudging in the snow, but you can't really complain! We headed up Fiaciall Choire Cas and then onto Cairngorm (a first Munro for half of the team), over to Ciste Mhearad, then back to the car park. The snow is deep in places, with very large hoar crystals glistening in the sunlight. It was very cold last night between -15 and -20 degrees. Climbers were out in t-Sneachda again and a fair few ski tourers taking advantage of the brilliant powder and visibility. Today I was working for Snowdonia Adventures.

Large Surface Hoar crystals have grown overnight because of the -20 temps last night.

Carn Etchachan

Snow Buntings on the summit of Cairngorm 1245m

Front Pointing practice.

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