Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

11-01-11, Coire an t-Sneachda, Cairngorms - Winter Climbing

The highlands has had some more snow fall over the last few days. It has remained cold. On Sunday, I went up to Ben Nevis with Tom and climbed Castle Ridge, III. There was a lot of fresh powdery snow which made walking and the climbing a little tricky and time consuming. Today, I went into Coire an t-Sneachda with Matt and Kath, we headed to the Mess of Pottage. Luckily there was a team ahead of us that broke trail all the way to crag! We climbed Pot of Gold, V,6 finishing up Droidless V,6 (photo right). The weather forecast is for more snow tonight and temperatures to rise above the summits, this will have knock on affect to the avalanche category, with all slopes becoming heavy.

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