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Saturday, 10 April 2010

Suberb ski touring conditions













Firm snow this morning before it softened to give good early morning piste skiing.
An early lunch then up and over Cairngorm for some brilliant off piste runs on the southern slopes before we headed over to Ben MacDui.
We met George P on Cairngorm and several other people we knew on MacDui's summit - no pretending to my GP that I'm resting my knackered knees now!
Great views acroos to the Braeriach corries and the crown walls and avalanche debris.
Returning via a fantastic virgin powder bowl we then contouring round above Loch Avon resisting the very strong urge to ski down and down and down to Loch Avon...
Into Coire Domhain and a quick check on the corniced Half a Gully (Point Five!) and the Goat Track before Fi convinced me to to head back.
However the steep slopes overlooking the moraine ridge bathed in golden evening sunlight strongly beckoned! A slightly worrying descent with large snowballs and snow slides following us down on the sun warmed slope!!
We then traversed back into the ski area on weary legs for the final descent to the car both well and truly knackered!
Lots of video and photos (at least 184!) of the still frozen Loch Avon basin crags, the stunning Brariach corries and the Coire an lochain glacier tomorrow!
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