Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Saturday, 18 January 2014

18-01-14, Cairngorms - Winter Skills

Today we have had some filthy weather. There has been some new snow falling and it is being blown on to W-NW-N slopes. We mainly had sleet at around 850m and didn't go any higher, poor visibility and quite windy. It was the first day of a weekend winter skills course. Coire Laogh Mor had plenty of snow from 700m upwards, to practice some essential winter skills. We noticed some cracking underfoot where the new few centimeters of wet soft slab hasn't bonded to the old pack. Higher up it must be worse and probably harder wind slab has formed on N-NW aspects, making avalanche hazard likely on these steep slopes.
Self arrest.

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