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Saturday, 2 February 2008

Blustery but nice at times

Today turned out better than expected with the ski road opening at 09:00 am and the walk in less arduous than yesterday. With the better visibility it became apparent that the higher north west facing slopes of Cairngorm had been wind scoured and that the bulk of the fresh snow was on the lower slopes. As expected the north east facing slopes had the deepest cover of fresh slab (though in places less than expected!).
Karl's and my group had a good day looking at route selection and safe travel techniques before looking at ropework and anchor selection - Al H had the same venue idea... ;-) Tracey and Ian's groups had an enjoyable day in Coire Cas while Jonathan's advanced group looked at the more technical aspects of climbing at a road side crag!
On Friday several of the club committee took advantage of the good snow cover in the Glenmore forest to learn x-country skiing and Chris was spotted later on Saturday descending Coire an t-Sneachda in unique style having climbed Fiacaill Ridge with the Nordic skis strapped to his back...! The cross country ski tracks at Slochd look good too.
Fi was with one of our weekend winter skills groups today and found good neve and ice for crampon work on the upper NW facing slopes of Cairngorm. More details can be found at http://www.marmotte.co.uk/blog/diary.
The forecast for tomorrow is not so nice with heavy precipitation and strong winds being again forecast...

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