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Saturday, 14 March 2009

Wet ice and gusty winds

Chris was up today for a few days of of instruction and guided winter climbing. We headed into the corries against the wind driven drizzle and then climbed up the Runnel.
The snow on the approach was surprisingly OK and in the main gully there was firm spring snow and good ice in the chimney. We were fairly sheltered when climbing but were thrown around a bit on the plateau due to the fierce gusts of wind that seemed to come from all directions...!
We headed down just as the ski areas funicular was being closed due to the high winds of 80 to 115 mph.
Read Chris's account of climbing the Runnel at http://www.chrishalliday.net/2009/03/the-runnel/
Over in Coire an t-Sneachda Fi was out with her winter skills group.
Photo at top of some strange goings on with a large group of kids on at the Coire Cas headwall - ratios, dominoes and skittles comes to mind :-(
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