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Saturday, 7 March 2009

Less windy but a lot wetter than forecast

This weekend we are running a winter skills course and winter walking weekend.
The weather was a lot wetter than expected and the winds dropped rather than increased this afternoon.
Steve, Richard, Jeremy, Jean-Alain and I looked at ice axe techniques and avalanche assessment in Coire na Ciste. We then walked up and over into Coire Cas, in heavy blustery rain and sleet.
A lot of wet looking climbers were returning from Coire an Sneachda down the lower slushy ski access track. Rather than increasing the winds in the Coire Cas carpark were negligable by mid afternoon.
Fi, Kim, Peter and Kathryn headed up via Lurcher's to Ben MacDui this morning but due to the strong winds, snow and poor visibilty headed round Coire an Lochain, Coire an t-Sneachda and returned via pt. 1141. See http://www.marmotte.co.uk/blog/2009/03/around-northern-corries.html
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