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Saturday, 1 March 2014

Alpine conditions and weather apart from the wind!

The start of a two day intro Winter Climbing course with Mat and John and a stunning day for the first day of March.
We started the day looking a basic winter skills, climbing cornices and avoiding crevasses on our way up the hill before abseiling of a snow bollard to our scenic lunch spot.
Well frozen snow and ground even in the sun also very pleasant sitting in the sun on the dry heather having lunch too!
Later again in the sun, we climbed on a little rock outcrop looking a basic rope-work and rock belays before heading into the shade to look at snow belays, cramponing and climbing techniques.
After a bit of exploration looking at technique down climbing into the gully, we tied into the rope and climbed back up onto the ridge via a very steep icy slope and cornice.
Lots of sparkling drifting snow and some fresh wind-slab gave us the opportunity to look at avalanche assessment on a scenic traverse round the wee and big coires back to the car.
A really great day out, though again, much windier than the weather forecast suggested.
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