Tuesday 29 December 2009

Buachaille Etive Mor

Today I was out with 6 students from Nottingham University Explorers club to look at some winter skills. I met them at Lagangarbh where they were staying and after a discussion on equipment, crampon fitting and weather and avalanche forecsting we headed up into Coire na Tullaich. The conditions leant themself to discussion of the isolated patches of windslab we found, step kicking on the compressed snow on the path and trying out crampons and axes on the many exposed patches of water ice we found. The wind was a little stronger today making for a bitter feling day. The snow was deep and soft off of the path but did not seem continuous enough to present a real avalanche hazard. A number of teams had been out on Curved Ridge which did not sound too buried.

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