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Saturday, 28 March 2009

A cold and bright day

Today I was out teaching Winter Skills with Sarah, Gordon, David and Ken. It was fairly pleasant today and a lot calmer and sunnier than I'd expected. We were expecting blizzards and north westerly winds gusting to 60 mph! However the light to fresh winds were actually coming from a north easterly to northerly direction with only a few snow showers through the day.
There was a fair bit of drifted snow and some interesting cornice and erosion features to look at as we waded through some deep drifts up the hill. Higher up on the Coire Cas headwall and on the Cas ridge the snow was well scoured and frozen hard so ideal for crampon practise. Other sheltered locations were perfect for looking at avalanches tests and examining the multiple layers within the snowpack. The rocks were riming up well with Coire an t-Sneachda looking very white. One of our party lost his Mountain Tech ice axe on the walk down from the top of the Coire Cas tow. He went to look for it and left his rucksack by the side of the Zig Zags which he has now also lost :-(
If you find either please get in touch...
BTW the clocks go forward tonight.
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