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Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Hunting and wands!

On Monday we looked at placing rock gear and setting up equalised belays at Huntly's Cave. The recent heavy snow has brought down a huge number of trees, including some of the top belays making access tricky.
Today was another cold white day and saw us hunting the crags in nil vis in Coire an t-Sneachda yet again!
We practised ropework, excavated runners from the thickly rimed cliffs and had a really fun climb pitching up the little Pre Buttress onto Fiacaill Ridge. The mist cleared for about 30 seconds to reveal the top half of Fiacaill Ridge (photo above) - no-one was climbing the Hunting!! Climbing conditions were excellent with good neve and ice making the tricky rock sections on our route easier than normal. As we descended off the ridge and out of the mist the hills slightly further west were sparkling in the sun.
We followed the new marker wands (photo above) placed by the Ranger Service (on a quad bike?) back to a busy Coire Cas and homeward...

The YouTube video above can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftsKjCu4AjA
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