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Sunday, 4 April 2010

Whiteout then sunout!

Two and a half hours of hard slog through deep snow in a whiteout to get into Coire an t-Sneachda this morning.
We navigated our way into the coire sticking to the winding trail before taking a more direct line to our snowhole site through knee deep snow.
We talked about how easy it was to fall through a cornice in the current white out conditions and Neal gave an impromptu demo... Fortunately the landing was soft and ideally placed for digging our emergency snow shelters!
I had more or less given up hope of seeing anything until around 2.00 pm when the clouds parted and the sun shone.
The coire was stunning with vast areas of deep virgin snow everywhere. Half an hour later several groups of off-piste skiers had made there way over to the coire and where whooping there way down the virgin powder from the plateau, 'windy col' and even Aladdin's Couloir. See the YouTube video here.
A few climbers headed up Goat Track and possibly Red Gully but other than that the coire was fairly empty.
Many of the climbs are banked out with the Mirror Direct almost completely buried under the snow!
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