Sunday, 8 March 2009
Wild and wintry
Quite a contrast from yesterday with good refrozen snow though not quite as much fresh snow as I expected.
I was expecting a lot of snow last night but if fell as heavy rain and only really turned to snow at lower levels at around 6:00 am this morning.
The day started quite bright with some unexpected and good sunny spells. We walked into Coire an t-Sneachda against a fairly strong wind, spindrift and on the well refrozen track wearing sun glasses. Visibility in the coire, was shall I say intermittent between the blasts of spindrift, which got in everywhere - we eventualy changed to ski goggles!
A good day for looking at snowpack erosion features, windslab and digging emergency snow shelters. The snow was also great for step cutting and crampon practise.
It was a lot colder so everyone was drier and warmer than yesterday!!!
Despite the stormy weather and fresh snow there were quite a few climbers in the coire.
At around 1:00 pm the ski area was closed due to the winds.
Today's YouTube video above can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEISsMd9v6A
Fi was at Bynack More today. See http://www.marmotte.co.uk/blog/2009/03/bynack-mor-almost.html