Friday, 9 March 2012

A return to winter for the Cairngorms, just.

I've spent the last couple of days over East climbing in Coire an t'Sneachda with Hannah. We walked in on Wednesday morning expecting to see more snow than there was but thankfully the strong winds had deposited enough snow on Fiacaill Buttress to make it winter. We shared Invernookie with a couple guided parties and one team went up the couloir. The turf was frozen and there was a dusting of snow on the ledges but anything steeper was still black.

Yesterday with the freezing levels due to rise we had a reasonably early start but already found a few teams in front of us. A lot busier yesterday with MIC trainings and Guide assessments going on, so nearly all of our options were taken. With such little snow cover there are still quite a few loose bits of rock sat on ledges ready to get kicked off so we decided to avoid the crowds and headed up Jacobs right edge quickly and were back at the car park for lunch. The freezing level had risen quickly during the morning and the snow line was racing up the mountains.

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