Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Thursday, 24 February 2011

24-02-11, Cairngorms - Winter Skills

Reaseheath Winter Skills final day 4. Today has been very windy and relatively warm. We decided it would be nice to walk out from Rothiemurchus Lodge instead of driving somewhere to get into the hills. So the team with tired legs managed to ascend 3 mountain tops - Airgiod-Meall, Castle Hill and Creag a'Chalamain. A long the way the team did lots of navigation including implementing use of the 4Ds. We found a patch of slushy snow and got some more ice axe arrest practice in before descending into the Lairig Grhu to get back to the Lodge. A lot of snow has disappeared, lower ski runs starting to look bare, low level snow below 800m unlikely in abundance apart from North facing corries and deep gullies. Hopefully the freezing level will drop and save it, reports from Ben Nevis that low ice is no longer ice more waterfall! Vanishing, Curtain, Waterfall Gully, Harrison's, Minus face - black.
Dec walking back through the Lairig Grhu.

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