Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

22-02-11, Cairngorms - Winter Skills

A stunning day in Cairngorms National Park today. Myself and the Reaseheath Team, looked at navigation as we went on a journey putting yesterdays boot, crampon, and ice axe skills to good practice on an ascent of Cairngorm via pt. 1141 along the fiacaill choire cas. Blue skies, for the most part, hard scoured snow on the plateau as well as finding some heavy drifting in Ciste Meridth. More than enough snow to snow hole in, with steep walls and cornices also. The team also got the chance to have a brief look at snow anchors. Unfortunately it is all set to change with rain and warm temperatures forecast for the next few days!

Snow Buntings on the summit of Cairngorm.

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