Sunday, 22 January 2012

Cairngorm conditions improving...

Searching for our avalanche victim!

This was the second day of a Glenmore Lodge MCoS Student Winter Skills program. After the battle with the wind and spindrift yesterday, things had settled down as we navigated our way in to Coire An t-Sneachda. We headed up to the area below the Mess of Pottage looking for snow and finding plenty behind the moraine ridge. Following on from yesterdays introduction to avalanches we were able to identify a number of layers in the soft windslab but nothing wanted to shear without a lot of effort. Even the group jumping on the cornice failed to trigger a slide. With perfect snow for digging we then focused on emergency snow shelters with everyone managing to get themselves tucked away within 30 minutes.
Up on the crags there was a lot more rime and plenty of folk on the mixed lines. Pot of Gold (V 6), The Haston Line (III 4), Hidden Chimney Direct (IV 5), The Hybrid (IV 5), Original Route (IV 5), Fingers Ridge (IV 4), The Runnel (II) and Stirling Bomber (V 7) were all climbed while over in Coire an Lochain Deep Throat (V 6), Savage Slit(V 6) and The Vicar (VII 8) all saw ascents.

Digging emergency snow shelters

A rather snug entrance to a snow hole.

The dream team!

Walking out of the Corries at the end of the day