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Friday, 21 December 2018

Perfect Winter Solstice Climbing Conditions :-)

Christmas and New Year Cairngorm winter climbing conditions

Christmas and New Year Cairngorm winter climbing conditions

Christmas and New Year Cairngorm winter climbing conditions

Christmas and New Year Cairngorm winter climbing conditions

Christmas and New Year Cairngorm winter climbing conditions

Christmas and New Year Cairngorm winter climbing conditions

Christmas and New Year Cairngorm winter climbing conditions

Christmas and New Year Cairngorm winter climbing conditions

Christmas and New Year Cairngorm winter climbing conditions

Christmas and New Year Cairngorm winter climbing conditions

The winter solstice and the official astronomical start of the proper winter.

With slippy verglassed gravel and rock on the approach paths but with nice weather and exceptional snow ice in the gullies and grooves once in the corries it was nigh on perfect for winter climbing!

The snow ice was so good you could almost climb anywhere so we did our own multiple variations of Spiral Gully linking little icy grooves and ledges from the left of Spiral Gully to the left of Fluted and moving together we climbed the route in two pitches.

We had first time secure axe placements and clear gear cracks and this together with a low avalanche risk provided relaxed and really enjoyable winter climbing for the shortest time of year!



Lot more photos on our Facebook page and a short YouTube video at https://youtu.be/dH5Kq8MG1mU

You can book a winter skills or winter mountaineering course or guided winter climbing on our website here.
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