The start of a new winter skills, winter mountaineering and private guided course and again another perfect day in the Cairngorms.
The hard frozen snow was ideal for crampon work and step cutting. In fact the snow didn't seem to soften even in the sun and care was needed with ice axe braking. The snow is very icy and rock hard so any sliding or braking could quickly end up as breaking...
In the north and east facing slopes there is very little change in the snow cover from last week - it's just a lot harder!
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