Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

01-03-11, Cairngorms - Winter Skills

This week I am working for the Royal Navy on a week long winter skills / mountain survival course. Today was another stunner! blue skies, hard neve and no wind. We looked at boot, axe and crampon skills in Coire Laogh Mor before ascending to pt. 1028 and to Cnap Coire na Spreidhe then down Coire na Ciste. The snow pack is very solid and icy, crampons very necessary. The ski slopes weren't that busy but people were out and the pistes didn't look too icy. The northern Corries were looking black but we were quite far away! Weather forecasts imply the high pressure should stay over us into the weekend so I look forward to more glorious winter days!

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