Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Day two and three at the Lodge.

Yesterdays forecast was pretty miserable so we were looking for some shelter from the wind. So we headed to the slopes on the westerly side of Coire an Lochain to have a look at cramponing skills and movement over some more complex terrain. After some of this we continued up some bullet hard snow to some ice that we would be able to look at placing screws, building Abolokovs and coaching movement on climbing grade ice. The amount of snow that fell yesterday was less than was forecast and the day as a whole wasn't too bad but there was a lot of snow being blown about and redistributed and pockets of slab were being formed but all were avoidable. The crags were black today and apart from two teams in the Vent the crag was quiet.
Today was our mountaineering day and with a forecast worse than yesterdays we were looking for shelter again. We spent most of the day in the twin ribs area looking at short roping two people using a number of techniques and testing some of these techniques to there limit. It rained all day with freezing level only dropping at about 2pm when it slowly started to turn to snow. The crags were starting to fill in with fresh snow and there is more forecast overnight. Sorry I've got no pictures this week. I did remember my camera but forgot the card reader.

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