Sunday, 27 March 2011
A few Sunday gully's
See http://fionachappell.blogspot.com/2011/03/ron-and-i-went-into-coire-t-sneachda.html We had a late start today and despite this still managed to get into the upper Coire Cas carpark without the usual 08.00 am start! The skiing still looked good on the main runs though the Northern Corries were very quiet compared to normal. Despite a good buildup in many of the grade 1 and 2 gullies and great cover on the Cairngorm MacDui plateau we had our chozen routes to our self. The Mirror Direct was still complete and there were climbers on Red and Goat Track Gullies which are definitely NOT complete!! The weather wasn't quite as nice as expected and the snow still quite soft on the approaches. However the snow soon firmed up the higher we climbed with some really good ice on our climbs, the Runnel LH, Spiral Gully and in on Fiacaill Couloir. It got very windy and wet by late afternoon with some worrying ferocious gusts almost blowing me off in Fiacaill Couloir! I took lots of video with the headcam which will hopefully be uploaded tomorrow once it's been processed and edited.