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Saturday, 15 March 2008

A beautiful calm day but warmer than expected

Today I was out with Keith for a few days of winter climbing. Since he attended one of our winter mountaineering courses a few years ago Keith has been keen to develop his climbing further.
A sunny hot walk into Coire an t-Sneachda with everything looking nice and wintry! Generally the old snow was firm though in places due to the slightly warmer temperatures the more recent snow on the surface had a tendency to slide off or cause the crampons to ball up. Fortunately towards the top of our route the snow was nice a firm for axe and crampons with a really interesting up and over reversed corniced ridge to climb at the top...
Over in the Cas after an overnight bivy Fi and James had a good day looking at snow anchors and ropework. As it was so calm James managed to heat up his lunchtime soup with his gas stove at the top of Aladdin's Couloir!
See Fi's blog at http://www.marmotte.co.uk/blog/diary for details of their snow hole expedition.

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