Wednesday, 5 March 2014

More snowy Cairngorm fun

With another windy day (and a potentially mild one) forecast we wanted to cover some skills today so we headed to the north ridge of Cairngorm to play in the snow (via some emergency shelters dug in the stream bed on route). Its a potentially serious place in a thaw with large cornices at the moment and its quite a terrain trap. Along with Kirk and his team we spent a little time investigating various slopes on ropes before identifying one end of the meltwater channel as being quite stable and the other end as a lot less so.
Then it was steep snow craft, bucket seats, buried axes, deadmen and snow bollard abseils. We digressed into rope work for investigating snow at the lip of a slope and triggered a small cornice. Then everyone wanted a go!
 My wee hole
 Andy's hole
 Kirk's team on the N Ridge
 Simon topping out
 Heading back down
 The meltwater channel
 'So that's what it feels like to fall through a cornice!'
 'My turn'
 Getting steeper
 No bother!
 Back down
Human torpedo

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