Its been a cold week with a continual freeze thaw cycles and some new snow. I had a wander around the Northern Corries today which were very wintery but still thin, the turf was frozen and there was lots and lots of rime.... everywhere, icy in places. The Mess of Pottage had the most traffic with lots of routes getting done. Other routes getting climbed, The Lamp, Spiral gully, Hoarmaster, Savage Slit, Fallout Corner, Oesophagus. Under foot there was an icy cruddy top surface layer which although hard going in places will help with the consolidation, as the fresh stuff underneath wont get blown away. Pygmy Ridge looked in great nic, nobody on it.
Sunday, 13 October 2013
Spent a very enjoyable 3 days working for Pete Hill on a Summer ML training course. A few photos below, winters coming! On our last morning of the expedition we found an old 2nd world war plane crash site which was only recently found in 2004. More details here
Friday, 16 August 2013
Not blogged for a while, what a good summer its been weather wise and we re still holding on to warm temperatures. I still think last years poor summer was due to the large areas of sea ice which melted around the Arctic and this had a huge effect on the jet stream. A few pictures below from the summer so far.
Tuesday, 2 April 2013
Glenmore Lodge weekend in the Northern Corries. Saturday, Twin ribs and the Fiacaill Ridge and then the Fiacaill Couloir on Sunday. Alpine conditions, very quiet with still alot of loaded looking slopes and some spooky snow just below the entrance to the couloir. Great weather, great company, great way to finish off the winter work.
JPEG 13 lucky pair having just descended the Goat Track!?
Thursday, 21 March 2013
Back working in the Cairngorms today with Glenmore Lodge on the Journey day of a WML training course. Navigation, group management on steeper group, route choice, avalanche awareness, steep ground scenarios alot to cram into poor conditions on the hill. Plan A of a journey in and around the Fiacaill ridge was scuppered when we were turned around on the top part of the ski road so Plan B was a journey in and around the Ciste ridge. Very windy all day, with lots and lots of snow getting shifted around, looked a bit like a river at times.