Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Distinct lack of snow in the Cairngorms

A very brown looking Cairngorm

The Northern Corries were looking very spring like after yesterdays thaw as we made our way back into Coire an t-Sneachda for a skills & ropework day. We occupied a small patch of snow & ice for the day and worked through bucket seats, buried axe belays, direct belays, placing ice screws, climbing ice and abseiling off snow bollards before a quick dash over to the morraines to dig some emergency snow shelters. There was a worrying amount of rock and ice fall coming from the crags although Jacobs Ladder & Central Gully were both climbed.

Coire An t-Sneachda

The remaining ice in Aladdin's Couloir

Bucket seat belay

Reinforcing the bucket belay with a buried axe

Practicing good footwork on a bulge of ice

Front pointing on steep ice

The camera never lies!!

Abseiling off a snow bollard