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Saturday, 9 February 2008

Warm and windy but still plenty of snow in the gullies




After a brief freeze last night the temperature rose overnight. Today it was fairly windy in Coire Cas and crossing the Fiacaill ridge for a view into Coire an t-Sneachda was quite hard work. Our Mountaineering Group was with Ron and Kim and our Winter Skills Group was with Fi and Lorraine. Thanks to both Kim and Lorraine for their help today.
The main snow cover is on the North East facing slopes and in the gullies which are fairly banked out with spring snow in places. Interestingly there are some alpine-like crevasses forming about four metres back from the NE edge on the Coire Cas ridge headwall (possibly last weeks snow pack starting slip on the old icy layers below?).
We met a few climbers that had been climbing in Aladdin's Couloir and they reported it as softish but straight forward. There were also climbers in Jacob's Ladder and the Slant. No doubt lots of other easy-ish snow routes were being climbed too. The buttresses are black though with snow on the larger ledges. The main runs in the ski area such as the Cas and the Fiacaill ridge still look good though a bit narrow in places.
Tomorrow's weather forecasts are totally contradictory with cold temperatures in some and warm in others. Not much sun forecast though but at least the winds are to drop and to come from either the SE or SW depending on which weather report you read...!
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