Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Day 2 in the Cairngorms

Second of my 2 days of winter skills in the Cairngorms for Glenmore Lodge. Today I wanted to get a little sliding in if possible, get onto some steeper ground and do some navigation. 3 out of 3 achieved. We walked in to Coire an t Sneachda, did a little self arrest work below the Mess of Pottage, the team led themselves up to Windy Col then we navigated to a foggy Cairngorm summit and back down via 1141.
Take care on the snow folks, its bullet hard and unforgiving of a slip.





Some 'interesting' rope-work around today. The 2 people walking up the apron in Coire an Lochain with 50m of rope strung between them..... what? The 2 leaders who had just run a lovely little self arrest session below the Mess of Pottage- which part of tying yourself to 4 shakey novices each and heading up the fall line towards Windy Col over that ice patch and onto the icey snow seemed a good idea? Unless you were practising something very specific and out of context with the Scottish Winter environment the point escapes me....!? Tom Patey's definition of 'moving together': "2 or more people simultaneously falling to their doom". Tying yourself to another person with no means of attachment to a hard and icey slope is not a great idea and rarely if ever necessary in Scotland, particularly with the length of Northern Coires routes/approaches/sections of steep ground. Rant ends.

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Now now Al...=)
Erick

Gary said...

Some bizzare things seen on the hills Alan! We spotted two guys traversing right across the upper Coire an Lochan, right beneath The Vent with walking poles on Monday! It's at least the third time in 10 days on the hills that I've been worried about people above me!!

Anonymous said...

Many years ago 74/75 I saw a Priest leading a group of Nuns up an icy Headwall of Coire Cas. No gear - just their religious atire !

Alan said...

I needed that. Priest? Oh well, they mist have had the Big Man on their side!

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