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Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Snow balling in places

Another good and yes mainly dry day sheltered from the SW winds.
We were on a sheltered easterly aspect looking at safe travel techniques, moving together, alpine ropework and using direct belays. We finished the day with a multipitch abseil using rock and snow anchors - it was Maz and Bob's first ever proper REAL abseil!
With the warmer temperatures any recent fresh wind slab was moist and care needed to be taken to avoid a slide due to our crampons balling up.
The rocky ridges and crags were looking a bit blacker although the classic snow gully's and ice routes are still in really excellent condition.
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