Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Sunday, 30 January 2011

30-01-11, Coire an t-Sneachda, Cairngorms - Winter Climbing

Today I took Neil out for his first winter climb. We battled through strong Southerly head on winds into Coire an t-Sneachda. Some folk of less moral fibre decided to return to the car park, however there were still lots of teams gearing up by the mountain rescue box. We headed up to Fluted Buttress and climbed Spiral Gully, II. There was a fair amount of new snow (probably from yesterday) getting blown about and some spin drift that made it a very Scottish experience. Lots of fresh snow covering the rocks and there will be some patches of wind slab forming on Northerly aspect slopes. The forecast is for some mini thaw - freeze processes around the summits over the next few days so that should help clear up the buttresses and the avalanche hazard.

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