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Saturday, 3 December 2011

More snow and winter climbing in the Cairngorms!

Pretty stormy with horizontal snow and blizzards outside my cottage this evening. The forecast is for significant snow over the next few days, so winter is definitely here and conditions especially in the mountains will change rapidly!!
A number of the harder mixed routes have been climbed over the past few days with conditions on Friday reported as being good for the higher and harder routes in Coire an Lochain. 

You can see some amazing photos on Pete Macpherson UKC Gallery at http://www.ukclimbing.com/photos/author.html?id=54636 including Friday's ascent of 'Nocando Crack' with Guy Robertson and Martin Moran.

Despite good conditions for the hard winter rock routes the conditions and build-up on the easier lines below 4/5 and especially in the gullies was poor. The good news is that with the current weather forecasts the snow and ice build-up will improve significantly over the coming week...
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