Saturday 17 January 2009

Today I was out with a party of 4 people lookng at introductory winter skills in Glencoe. After checking the weather and avalanche forecast last night we got an early start this morning to make the most of the weather before the predicted storms arrived. We went to Stob Coire nan Lochain and looked at movement on the snow using the boot and axe with and without crampons, emergency snow shelters, snow profiles and a walking Rutch block test before the predicted bad weather arrived sending us safely back to The Ice Factor for a brew.
Teams were out on Dorsal Arete and Tilt or something around that area. The water ice on the paths and low down on Summit Buttress from a week or so ago is all gone but there was plenty of wind transported snow about and evidence of sloughs beneath Forked, SC and NC Gullys.

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