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Sunday, 1 February 2009

Bitterly cold E to SE wind

Mistier and windier than expected with a strong wind chill factor. It certainly felt a lot colder today though fortunately the winds were less gusty than yesterday.
I had Peter and Martin with me and Fi kept company with us on the walk in and up onto the Cairngorm to Ben MacDui plateau. Conditions were good for crampon practise though you wouldn't want to trip as the snow was quite icy in places and would be difficult to self arrest on. This gave us the opportunity to look at emergency rope-work.
We later walked across Coire Domhain and dug a few emergency shelters just as some snow showers arrived.
Climbing condition were excellent and the Northern Corries routes were very busy with long queues on many of the popular starred climbs. With the forecast snow fall climbing conditions will change rapidly and many areas will likely have a high avalanche risk. See also http://saisncairngorms.blogspot.com/
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