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Sunday, 20 March 2011

Couloir skiing, ice climbing and warming up!








It was fairly busy in the corries today from what we could see from our vantage point on Fiacaill Ridge. 
Kris, Erica and I looked at alpine rope work and direct belays on our ascent of a rocky rib on Fiacaill Ridge while Fi kept us company and took photos - see here. We initially climbed in boots but later put on our crampons which balled up at times and required extra care. On our descent we constructed snow bollards, buried ice axe belays and looked at different abseil techniques.
There were climbers on Hidden Chimney, Slant, Jacob's Ladder, Aladdin's Couloir, Mirror Direct (L and R), Central, Runnel, Spiral Gully, Fluted Buttress Direct, Fingers Ridge, Red and Goat Track gullies and no doubt the routes on Fiacaill Buttress.
Several skiers descended from the plateau and down Aladdin's Couloir!
This morning the walk in was on a reasonable firm track but unfortunately we post holed on the walk out as the freezing level had risen above the summits...
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