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Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Calmer, colder and clearer

The winds and freezing level dropped today so we got a good view of the Coire an t-Sneachda and the plateau.
We had had a good grade 1 gully climb putting into practise the skills learned over the past four days. Having said that, the effects of wind and spindrift blasting up the climb and freezing gear came as a sudden shock to Andy and Becky. Even the simplest of task became difficult or near impossible!
There was not as much snow as expected but what there was had repaired some of the damage in the popular gullies caused during the recent warm wet spell.
The paths, rocks and snow were glazed with water ice. On the descent we kept our crampons on until the ski area middle station.
In the gullies there was a mix of fresh powder, water ice, old neve and a breakable crust to play on!

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