Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Sunday, 19 January 2014

19-01-14, Cairngorms - Winter Skills

Aladdin's Buttress.
 Another ming-fest today. Windy, sleety and warm - not a pleasant combo. Day 2 winter skills, we did some  winter navigation to get into Sneachda and some slush emergency shelter digging, couldn't stay outside in it too long though. We are going through the most substantial thaw this season, most low level snow has depleted but 800m upwards there is still plenty. I couldn't really see the crags that well, some black rock is showing but I imagine there is still loads of snow hanging in there also. Temperature is set to drop over tomorrow so that should transform the snow into fine neve.
Ptarmigan doing their thing.
Students doing their thing.

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