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Sunday, 8 February 2009

Amazing snow cover in the Cairngorms

A beautiful alpine like day with fantastic snow cover on and off piste. For the first time for several years you could ski back to the Coire Ciste carpark on complete deep snow cover and as good as any alpine ski resort.
Skis and snow shoes were pretty essential for covering any sort of distance through the thigh deep snow on the wind scoured NE side of Cairngorm - as for the southern aspects where a lot of the snow has drifted I can only guess how deep it must be...!!!!! See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmT0nHBrmh8
I'm out with the Rock Hoppers MC over the next five days and today we looked at route choice, avalanche assessment, crawling, snow shelters, snow anchors, basic ropework, snow climbing techniques, abseiling, ice axe braking and more crawling.
Fi was out in Coire an t-Sneachda with Tamson doing winter skills and managed to walk and crawl up through waist deep snow as far as the main corrie moraine ridge. See http://www.marmotte.co.uk/blog/diary.html
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