Thursday, 26 February 2009

Winter Climbing - Cairngorms.

Here we are in Coire an Sneachda, Cairngorms. The lower graded climbs are in reasonable conditions although there are areas where the snow or ice is broken.The harder climbs are stripped bare and even although we are getting occasional snow showers, it's been very wet snow and this mild weather is to continue for a day or two yet! There were quite a few climbers around today, ascents of all the gullies seem to be OK, with some interesting little ice sections. There are some loose rocks around so be careful what you are torquing and standing on. On Spiral today one large rock was dislodged from the upper pitches by another party which had potential to cause lots of upset, fortunately it bounced passed, although delivering a striking blow to Alisons backpack breaking her goggles which were stored in the top pocket of her sac!

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