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Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Coire an t-Sneachda





It was calm and sunny but bitterly cold again this morning - minus 13.5 in Aviemore. We'd heard that there was now a good trail into the coire this morning but unfortunately everybody had the same idea and were heading to the same spot for security on steep ground and climbing ropework...! We decided to go up a little bit further and onto a Left Over Rib. This was great fun, free and offered six long pitches of mixed snow and rock to practise on.
The coire was very quite and we only saw a handful of climbers heading up towards Jacobs and the Slant area. A few walker started to descend the Goat Track too but for some reason quickly retraced their steps...!
Later on during the walk down from the Fiacaill Ridge the westerly wind increased to about 45-55 mph blowing large quantities of spindrift and drifting snow onto the NE facing slopes we'd just climbed. The good trails into the coire were being filled in by the drifting snow and quickly disappeared as we walked out.
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