Monday, 5 March 2012
A great day up on the Cairngorm MacDui plateau
A great two days on our expedition snowholing. We had clear skies, crisp snow, moolight and sparkling stars last night. After a pleasant warm night in our frozen ice chambers we looked at ropework and snowcraft!! We took a scenic route down following the snowfields with our crampons on!!
Looking from Aviemore and the ski area it looks as though there's little or no snow in the Cairngorms. However up on the plateau and looking west towards easterly aspects this is clearly untrue. There are large snowfields on the eastern flaks of Ben MacDui and on the path from Cairngorm. In these areas the snow is now very icy and proper crampons and an axe are essential.
We saw several people without axes or crampons and a couple with Yak Tracks who'd got into difficulty on reaching the icy snow just as visibility deteriorated. They'd followed the mainly clear track from Coire an Lochain to Lochain Bhuide up onto the plateau.