Thursday, 3 February 2011

A wild day to be out.

Day four of MIC training and we woke this morning to a fresh covering of snow in the Lodge car park. Today was our personal climbing day and with strong winds and fresh snow fall not to mention that it was supposed to get worse we headed into Coire an t'Sneachda.
There were a number of climbing teams heading out from the lodge so there was a quick pace set as we all tried to find our own space to work. We headed up towards Goat track gully and found the approach to be safe so headed on up this. We only lead a couple of pitches each as today's focus was to concentrate on a refresher of some skills and to build on them in terms of stance and rope management. Whilst this was going on the weather started to worsen with heavy snow falling and vis was reduced to white out at times, so we abseiled off and headed back to the van.
That wasn't the end of it though. As we left the coire the wind really started to kick us about with a couple of guys being taken off there feet. Not a nice afternoon to be out and with the forecast worse for tomorrow and more fresh snow overnight we'll wait and see what tomorrow holds.

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