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Tuesday, 27 January 2009

A pleasant day with better weather and climbing than expected

An email and text from Chris re some more private instruction / guiding dragged me away from the unpacking, washing and admin after our two weeks in the Alps...!
The weather report mentioned fairly strong winds and low cloud in the morning so I was expecting to be in the clag wading through deep soft snow and blasted with spindrift for the first part of the day.
Well it turned out to be almost calm with generally good visibility and pretty good climbing conditions. Generally the recent snow was fairly firm with good old neve below when required. Rather than pure guiding Chris and Dan wanted some general coaching while climbing themselves.
The calm conditions were perfect for this and made for quite a sociable day catching up on the gossip, chatting to other climbers and guides nearby as numerous teams snaked their way up the Mess of Pottage...
The plateau and many paths are very icy at the moment.
See Chris's blog for more photos at http://pinmaster.wordpress.com/
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