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Friday, 30 December 2011

Snow hole expedition on the Cairngorm plateau!


A good winters day with lots of fresh drifted snow on Cairngorm for digging spacious overnight group shelters. It looked set to be a great night out BUT temperatures rose extremely rapidly this evening. The warm winds and rain arrived earlier than had been forecast this morning with the snow turning to slush even at summit level!

Our group decided to repack their sleeping bags and sacks to return to base due to deteriorating conditions and snow stability!

In contrast to this morning's climb up with fresh snow in the ski area, it was melting fast in the WARM winds on their torchlight descent back to the cars. Full details on Fi's blog here and Part 1 of Simon's blog here
It's to be mild tomorrow before it turns cold YET again!!

Simon has a good write-up and lots of photos of the course on his personal blog at www.alwaystakeacompass.com
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