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Sunday, 23 March 2008

Less windy but less visibility and more snow

More snow today with whiteout conditions in the corries making finding the start of climbs and descending from the featureless plateau tricky without local knowledge. What happened to the sunny spells?
The Cairngorm mixed crags are well rimed and a number of the popular ice climbs are in condition when found!

Fi, Robert and Ruth climbed Fiacaill Ridge and collected a tail of lost climbers on the descent from the plateau...
See http://www.marmotte.co.uk/blog/diary for pictures and more details.

After our walk in creating a trail through deep snow Shan, Nick, James and myself looked at waist and snow belays. Throughout the day a constant stream of hillwalkers who had followed our trail looking for the Chalamain Gap and Braeriach had to be redirected...
Cross-country skiing in the forests and lower slopes looked good as well as on the alpine ski pistes though visibilty was very poor above 700 metres.
Another avalanche incident was reported today with a high Cat 4 avalanche risk forecast for tomorrow. See SAIS Cairngorms Avalanche Report .

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