Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Winter is back

An interesting day on Cairngorm today, this morning it started out wet but by the time Tomaz, Sarah and I got to the base of our climb, it was behinning to snow and by the top there were small streams of spindrift cascading down the gully. Conditions are good, the old snow remaining quite firm giving reasonable placements for the ice tools, the butresses are stripped but the turf is frozen, so this new snow will help. On the plateau the wind is very strong and visibiliy down to a few metres.It's very slippy underfoot with the boulders exposed, so in the strong wind its easy enough to slip and trip! Climbing conditions will be ace once the wind calms down!

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