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Monday, 21 December 2009

Plenty of snow!

Over the weekend it snowed a fair bit in the Highlands making driving conditions difficult - never mind the climbing!
Saturday started bright and clear until the forecast blizzards arrived from the north. This caught a few folk out though a few notable ascents such as Houdini were still completed in difficult weather conditions, along with the classics such as Hidden Chimney, Fluted Buttress Direct, Goat Track Gully, Runnel, Patey's Route and more!
On Sunday the weather was better with winds from the west and a number of mixed routes and gullies were climbed on the wind scoured north westerly aspects, away from the high avalanche risk. The Message, Haston Line, The Mirror Direct, Genie, Doctor Janis, Doctor's Choice and Fluted Buttress Direct and gullies such as Central, The Runnel, Spiral and much more were all climbed.
Today (Monday) the weather has been more settled with many skiers taking advantage of the good on and off-piste snow conditions. This afternoon we went for a ski tour round he local Slochd forest trails - video below or at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbmaDhvbiHA
The tracks are shaping up nicely now they've been pisted - still got to dig my car out though...!
Looking ahead it looks like we'll have many happy snowy days to come and a very white Christmas...

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