Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Monday, 21 February 2011

21-02-11, Cairngorms - Winter Skills

Coire an t-Sneachda - looking fairly white!

Today I have been working with students from Reaseheath College on a Winter Skills week in the Cairngorms. Day 1 today and we headed to the Ciste, to look at walking on hard and soft snow, use of crampons and ice axe arresting. The winds were much slower today maybe gusts of 40mph and we even had some sunshine. We walked up and over the ridge to the Ranger station then down to the Sugar Bowl car park. We will be trying to take advantage of the hard snow and forecast good weather tomorrow before the turbo thaw +7 degrees on the summits on Wednesday arrives! Photo - team sat next some immpressive sasstrugi.

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