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Monday, 29 March 2010

What a difference a day makes!

In complete contrast to yesterday we had perfect alpine like conditions with very little wind, lots of sun and hard frozen snow.
The forecast for the next few days looked fairly grim with strong winds and snow so we decided to learn all about ropework and belays while climbing the crest of Fiacail Ridge onto the plateau. Snow and weather condition were near perfect for teaching climbing although a few pockets of fresh slab required extra care.
We returned via the Corrie rim and the Cas Ridge on a mix of rimed sastruga, neve and firm slab. As expected the west facing slopes had been scoured and rimed while the south east facing aspects were slabby.
We chatted to quite a few of the local climbers and guides and it sounded as though most of the easy to mid grade routes in the NC's were in superb climbing condition.
Climbing conditions will change dramatically over the next few days with the forecast of heavy snow and change in wind direction. The avalanche forecast for tomorrow is high on S throught to NW aspects. See the Cairngorm avalanche forecast
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