Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Sunday, 28 February 2010

28-02-10, Cairngorms - Winter Skills

Day 2 of Newcastle University Mountaineering Clubs weekend Winter Skills course. A brighter day, but still loads of snow and post holing when venturing off the beaten track! The ski road wasn't open this morning (cars allowed up at 10:30) so instead of getting dropped off at the Sugar Bowl car park we walked the 3 km up the road. We headed over towards Airgiod-meall, to do some navigation and digging. Walking is tough going in most places, we saw lots of wind slab and impressive Sastrugi and raised footprints, Human and Mountain Hare (picture - below). The river bank has lots of drifted snow and in places scoured neve. This allowed us to practice front pointing on steep but non intimidating terrain. I was working for Alpha Mountaineering.

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