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Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Yet another perfect alpine like day

Another beautiful day with fantastic neve in the gullies. (care needed with flake belays and loose rocks where the cover is thin)
This morning the Coire Cas carpark was fairly busy though not overly full. The skiing looked a lot better than expected and didn't seem too icy.
Many of the Coire an t-Sneachda gully lines had several climbing teams in them though it wasn't too bad for the February school midterm break. We witnessed a nasty slide into the rocks when a member of the party ahead tripped, slid and tumbled head first into the boulders some way below. A rescue helicopter was on the scene later so I hope he wasn't too badly hurt.
Somewhat unnerved after the incident the approach to our climb was taken with even more care than normal with guys really concentrating on their crampon footwork...! Later we managed to get Jacob's Ladder to ourselves apart from another guided party ahead.
At the top we had a leisurely lunch in the sun while enjoying the spectacular views across Scotland.
The weather forecast for tomorrow doesn't sound as nice but you never know...
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