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Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Dry bright and mild

The day turned out OK and was completely dry and a lot less windy than expected, although the early morning temperatures were higher. Any superficial snow and rime on the buttresses soon melted leaving the older snow and ice. On any snow slopes extra care was needed as the crampons balled up easily.
Joan, Kevin and I were almost completely sheltered on the lee of the Fiacail Ridge and had plenty of time to look at belays and ropework. Apparently the wind was very strong on the plateau and the summit of Cairngorm. See Fi's blog at http://www.marmotte.co.uk/blog/2009/03/windy-cairngorm.html
Plas y Brenin and several west coast guides were in the Coire Cas carpark today...!
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