Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Sunday, 6 March 2011

05-03-11, Cairngorms - Winter Survival Expedition

Beautiful last day looking across the Cairngorm Plateau.

The last 3 days with the Royal Navy were spent on a the Cairngorm plateau with a 2 night expedition sleeping in snow holes. This was a chance for the team to put all the skills they have learnt together with the added concentration of staying as comfortable as possible and looking after themselves in this harsh environment. Thursday we ascended pt. 1141 over t-Sneachda to Coire Domhain where we dug in to create our home for the next few days. We did some night navigation on the plateau that evening. Friday to the summit of Ben Macdui in white out conditions - hard navigation! Saturday was a brilliant blue sky day - we summited Cairngorm then down. The snow underfoot was hard and icy, but soon softened in the sun. The northern corries were very rocky, but the easy gullies will be in great condition.
Snow Bunting.

Team on the plateau with some blue sky.

Busy on the plateau.

Home sweet home, return on the second day.

Stunning last morning.

Beinn Mheadhoin.

Ben Macdui and Coire Dumhain.

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