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Saturday, 29 January 2011

Winter ropework and more...

Another very busy day with queues on most routes in Coire an t-Sneachda.
In contrast to yesterday there were light snow flurries with poor visibility until late afternoon when we got some stunning views as the mist cleared.
I was with the the MPS mountaineering group comprising of Anne-Katrine, James, Alex and Robert and we had a great day practising basic winter ropework as we ascended the mixed ground on the side of Fiacail Ridge. Photos above and the MPS Winter Mountaineering video here.
Fi's MPS winter skills group Richard, Robert , Sophie, Elliot and Allee navigated to the summit of Cairngorm and then micro naved into Ciste Mhearid to look at avalanche assessment and to dig emergency snow shelters.
The advanced MPS winter climbing group with Jonathan P had the oppertunity to lead on the Mess of Pottage. They climbed Jacob's Edge with all three students, the two Alex's and Jes leading a pitch each with belays and runners taking quite a bit of digging out. Then they came back down and round and did the first pitch of The Message as they wanted to try some harder mixed, seconding. Before lowering and abbing off to get back to the Cas carpark for 16.00 hrs.
There's more details of the Winter skills group on Fi's blog and here
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